What Happens To Your Body When You Sit Too Much Every Day

Scientists have long established
that moving more and exercising come with an untold number of health
benefits, which include everything from lowering your risk of
disease and early death to greater flexibility, burning more fat, and
even enhancing your imagination and creativity. But if you’re living a
sedentary lifestyle and sitting too much, there are several ways in
which you’re putting your body in harm’s way in both the short and long
run.

To
learn exactly what happens to your body when you lead an inactive life,
read on for the most notable side effects of sitting too much. And for
more health advice you can use starting now, make sure you’re aware of
the One Major Side Effect of Walking Every Day.

 

You’ll develop anxiety.

The
research team, from Australia’s Deakin University’s Centre for Physical
Activity and Nutrition Research (C-Pan), noted that 36% of
high-school-age study subjects were likelier to experience the effects
of anxiety if they had two hours of screen time or more per day. The
researchers suggest that anxiety and sedentary behavior are linked
because of poor sleep, “poor metabolic health,” and social isolation.

You’ll develop terrible posture and eventually back pain

Having
poor posture may lead to aches and pains, but having it over the long
term is when you get real damage,” chiropractor Andrew Bang, DC,
explained to the Cleveland Clinic. “For every inch you tilt it forward,
the amount of weight it places on your spine nearly doubles.”

According
to UCLA Health, sitting for long periods is a one-way street to
developing back pain, which is largely caused by more stress on your
back, neck, arms, and legs. “It can add a tremendous amount of pressure
to the back muscles and spinal disks. Additionally, sitting in a
slouched position can overstretch the spinal ligaments and strain the
spinal discs.”

As a result, the health experts advise you to move
more, be more active, and stretch routinely, while making sure to sit
close to your desk, make sure your backside is pushed back against your
chair to ensure proper sitting, and, if you’re working, to keep your
computer screen at eye level. “If your computer screen is higher or
lower than your gaze, you need to either raise or lower it,” they
instruct.

You’ll find yourself more easily distracted

You’ll have less brain power overall

You’ll put yourself at risk of blood clots

You’ll be shortening your life

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