Effects of Sitting At Your Desk All Day
The Effects Lifestyle has on Your Body
It's been scientifically shown that sitting at a desk all day (more than 6 hours) is linked to weight gain, especially in the stomach. We spend more time than ever working and that comes along with prolonged sitting. Constant sitting decrease the acitivity of the fat-burning enzyme lipoprotein lipase (they live in the fat cells), which is necessary for weight loss.
Your risk of heart disease has increased by up to 64 percent. You're shaving off seven years of quality life. You're also more at risk for certain types of cancer. Simply put, sitting is killing you.
Also, a lack of inactivity during the day can cause blood sugar and cortisol (the stress hormone) levels to rise, which leads to sugar and food cravings.
What You Can Do:
Sitting all day long isn't hard to counteract, but you have to keep your eye on two details: your daily activity and the amount of time you sit.
If you are stuck behind a desk for most of the day, happily, you only need to do two things to counter the effects of sitting all day:P
- Remember to stand once an hour.
- Get about 30 minutes of activity per day.