Fear! We have all experienced it at some stage in our lives. Maybe it was the dark, long-limbed spiders, snakes, dizzying heights, or worse yet; mother-in-laws.
But what if all this time, there existed a silent, deadly killer, patiently waiting for its venom to overcome your body’s defense mechanisms? Patient, yet effective. Ruthless, yet poised. Well believe it or not, your pert posterior may be resting on its head right at this very moment, and you, are in danger.
The Killer Office Chair!
There have been an increasing number of cardiology studies into the effects of prolonged periods of sitting on our bodies. The reported physical dangers are alarming and are of a similar nature to those caused by a smoking addiction. Additionally, regular gym sessions are said to have no effect on reversing the negative physical effects.
Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative was quoted as saying,
Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV, and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.
How can this be?
Around 55% percent of our day is spent sitting, which has the following detrimental effects on our bodies:
When sitting with poor posture, the rib cage is compressed and as it contracts it becomes difficult for our lungs to expand to their full capacity. This has a negative influence on our heart function, thus lowering the production of HDL (High-density lipoprotein). HDL cholesterol is the well-behaved "good cholesterol." It cruises the bloodstream, removing harmful cholesterol from where it doesn't belong.
Whilst slumped over, our muscles burn minimal amounts of fat and in tandem with low blood flow, allow fatty acids to clog the arteries in the heart. Have you ever felt sore whilst sitting? That may be caused by the buildup of lactic acid and lack of blood flow. This can result in varicose veins and aches & pains as blood circulation is cut off from your lower limbs.
Subsequently, this can promote the overproduction of insulin, leading to diabetes. Most worrisome is the evidence that links extended periods of sitting to an increase in the risks of developing colon, breast, and endometrial cancers.
Dr. Deborah Young, chair of the report, in a statement. “There is evidence to suggest that sedentary behavior could contribute to excess morbidity and mortality.”
Our bodies adapt to the conditions we submit them to most frequently. So when those precious abs are relaxed for the majority of the day, you can imagine how quickly they deteriorate.
As you sit at your desk, you may solve several complex challenges or figure out an important aspect of your departments strategic initiatives. However, without fresh blood and oxygen pumping to the brain, function slows down and your productivity is drastically hindered, despite your best intentions!
Since many people sit slightly hunched, neck and back pain is a common issue. Looking down at your keyboard, up at the calendar, down to the screen, all while on the phone with your neck tilted, can cause major strain on our cervical vertebrae; thus leading to aching shoulders and a stiff or tender back.
It is clear that many working class citizens face health issues posed by the simple action of sitting on a chair for the day. If experts state that your regular fitness regime is not counteracting the harm done, how can we prevent the harm being caused in the first place?
Prevention is always the best medicine!
As you now know, there is a silent killer on the loose! If you give it enough time, it can devour your health and drain your energy! Beware, but do not despair, it is just your office chair!
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