Living a sedentary lifestyle has been proven through research to be related to many diseases. By sitting for over four hours every day, you risk shutting down enzymes that burn fat in the body, lowering metabolic rate and restraining nerve communication to the legs and other parts of the body. Here are five major diseases that are associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
When you are immobile for long periods, the cells do not respond to insulin released by the pancreas. Since insulin is used for removing blood sugar from the blood, it will start accumulating in the blood. For those who sit for 4 hours or more a day, the risk of suffering from type-2 diabetes is raised by 20%. Make sure you reduce the time spent watching television, playing computer games or in a vehicle.
When you’re immobile for long periods the body muscles burn less of fat while the blood flows sluggishly. Just like other parts of the body, fat deposited in the heart cells increases the risk of blood pressure. You can reduce this by getting more active for instance taking the stairs as opposed to the elevator, riding to work, washing your car and exercising.
When you take a lot of time relaxing on the couch, the spine often becomes very inflexible and highly susceptible to damage. When people move, soft discs that pad vertebrae are designed to expand and contract like springs while taking in fresh nutrients, water and blood. However, when people adopt sedentary lifestyles, the spongy collagen, ligaments, and tendons harden resulting in back pain.
Physical activity helps in keeping all muscles healthy. However, when people are immobile for long periods, the abdominal muscles become softer as the back muscles tighten. The impact of this in extreme cases is spine taking a natural arch or swayback otherwise known as hyperlordosis.
An extended sedentary lifestyle lowers the body’s metabolism and slows fat burning processes. The body will, therefore, concentrate on converting and storing fat leading to obesity. After sitting for an hour, the release of lipoprotein lipase (enzyme for burning cholesterol) almost grinds to a halt. When sedentary activities are extended on a daily basis, chances of suffering from obesity go up with over 20% compared to those who are more active.