The Eight Health Hazards Of Sitting, And The Five Exercises That Can Help

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It should come as no surprise that remaining active is infinitely better for your health than sitting around all day. However, I had no idea just howbad sitting could be for you.

According to WebMD, “A new survey suggests that the more people sit each day, the greater their risk for chronic health problems, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.”

While this might sound disheartening particularly for those whose jobs require a lot of sitting there is actually something you can do about it.

Just like there are exercises you can do to get rid of limb flab, there are several simple exercisings you can do to help combat the negative effects of sitting.

Scroll through this exclusive list below to insure exactly how sitting is negatively impacting your body, and exactly what you can do about it.

And as a person who sits all day for a living, I’m so glad I know this information it could be a lifesaver!

Do you expend most of your day sitting? Will you be giving these health-improving exercisings a try? Let us know in the comments.

Eight Unseen Health Hazards of Sitting

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It may come as a surprise, but sitting all day can have a negative impact on many different parts of the body.

Professor Richard Rosenkranz writes, “It’s not only that people aren’t getting enough physical activity, but it’s that they’re also sitting too much.”

Scroll through below to see how sitting may be affecting your health. Then maintain scrolling for five easy exercisings to combat these negative effects!

The Colon

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Sitting all day can have a negative impact on your colon.

According toThe Washington Post, “Studies have connected sitting to a greater danger for colon, breast, and endometrial cancer.” One hypothesi is that “regular movement boosts natural antioxidants that kill cell-damaging and potentially cancer-causing free radicals.”

The Lower Back

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It might seem obvious, but the lower back can also suffer from sitting for too long.

Dr. Joseph Mercola writes, “Sitting sets greater pressure on your spine than standing, and the toll on your back health is even worse if you’re sitting hunched in front of a computer. It’s estimated that 40 percentage of people with back pain have spent long hours at their computer each day.”

The Neck

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In addition to neck pain associated with bad sitting posture, the neck can also be robbing you of much-needed sleep.

The Wealth of Health posts, “Fluid retained in the legs during the day moves to the neck at night and contributes to obstructive sleep apnea.”

Healthline continues that prolonged sitting will cause “stiff shoulders and neck.”

The Heart

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The heart and the entire circulatory system can suffer as a result of sitting for too long each day.

According to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, “Prolonged sitting time was associated with increased cardiovascular disease danger … A combination of low physical activity and prolonged sitting augments cardiovascular disease risk.”

The Pancreas

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In addition to several other internal organ, the pancreas can suffer if you are sitting all day long.

According toThe Washington Post, “Cells in idle muscles don’t respondas readily to insulin, so the pancreas makes more and more, which can lead to diabetes and other diseases.”

The Hips

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Just like the lower back, the hips can be negatively impacted by prolonged sitting and poor posture.

According to Healthline, “Your hips and back will suffer from sitting. Sitting causes your hip flexers to shorten … especially if you have bad posture or don’t use an ergonomic chair.”

They continue that this “can lead to premature degeneration, which translates into chronic pain.”

The Legs

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Sitting all day can also have a negative impact on your legs.

According to the Wealth of Health, “Fluid collects in the legs during sitting. Walking helps pump it out before it causes problems.”

In addition, WebMD writes, “Sitting for an extended period of time can increase chances of developing varicose or spider veins.”

The Head

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One of the many negative effects of sitting can be an increased risk for a stroke.

According to the Wealth of Health, “Blood clots that form after sitting too rigidly can travel to the brain, causing strokes.”

Fortunately, all is not lost. In addition to taking frequent violates from your seat, there are several exceedingly easy exercisings that can combat the negative effects of sitting.

Scroll through below determining how to retake control ofyour health!

Five Easy Exercises to Combat the Health Hazards of Sitting
Exercise# 1: The Book Press

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The book press is an extremely easy exercising to get the blood flowing and to combat some of the negative effects of sitting.

Stand holding a volume above your head. Bend your elbows to a 90 angle, lowering the book behind your head. Straighten your arms, bringing the book overhead. Repeat this 10 times. Standing, drop your chin forward to your chest. Slowly rotate your head to the right. Hold your head for a five-count. Slowly rotate your head back up, and then to the left. Hold your head for a five-count. Continue this for 30 seconds. Sitting or standing, place your feet flat on the floor. Create your toe up toward the ceiling, until “youre feeling” a stretching. Lower your foot to flat again. Create your heel, placing pressure on the toes, until “youre feeling” a stretching. Lower your foot to flat again. Repeat this 10 times on both sides.

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