8 Ways Long-Term Sitting Is Affecting Your Body
Our bodies are designed to always be in motion, but still, many of us spend the bulk of our day sitting at desks. According to a study, on average, a US adult spends 9 to 10 hours each day sitting, which is so much inactivity that even a 30 or 60-minute workout “as typically recommended” can’t even attempt to counteract.
The fact is, many Americans don’t fit in a workout or a long walk into their day, which means their bodies are virtually always in a sedentary state. It’s not that sitting is inherently dangerous… the danger is in how long we sit. While a brief period of sitting here and there is natural, long periods of sitting day-in and day-out can seriously impact your health and shorten our lives.
Want to know what can really happen to your body? Check out these facts of what sitting can do to your health:
1. Damages the heart. When you sit, blood flows slower and muscles burn less fat, which makes it easier for fatty acids to clog your heart.
2. Affects your pancreas. Your body’s ability to respond to insulin is affected by just one day of excess sitting, which leads your pancreas to produce