Many people are sitting long hours every day. This is part of our normal daily routine. Because of the increase of technology, people are more often hooked to their computers and gadgets. We spend long hours sitting and doing things on our computers. We are spending hours in front of our computers, TVs and video games.
However, not everybody is familiar with the negative effects of sitting too much. Too much sitting can affect and damage different parts of the body. The process of these effects can be gradual or instant depending on the part of the person's body and the position and posture he or she is in. That is why we have to be aware of these effects in order to avoid future complications and find solutions on how to prevent further damage in the body. Here are the negative effects of sitting too much in a wrong position or in bad posture.
Weakens the brain – the brain needs to have a good cycle of nutrients and oxygen through blood circulation. The muscles in the body help pump the blood in order to let it circulate in different areas, particularly to the brain. Once the body stays sedentary for a long period, the brain weakens and will not be able to process many functions the right away.
Painful neck – most people are working at a desk in front of their computers. The tilting of their head forward or sideward while holding a phone will strain the cervical vertebrae, which cause nerves to be blocked. The disruption on the nerves will cause pain especially when the person turns their neck.
Painful back and shoulders – because of the long hours of sitting and remaining in the same position at all times, this overextends the shoulders and strains the muscles in it.
The disk between the vertebrates on the backbone is like a soft cushion, which allows each portion of the vertebrate to be flexible. This allows the person to bend forward or backward. Every time the person bends forward or backward, the blood comes in and soaks it up with nutrients. However, if a disk remains dormant for a long period, it will harden and will cause pain eventually. Not to mention the weight to the upper body, this applies pressure on the disc and bones. That is why more people who spend long hours sitting have a painful lower back.
Heart Problems – when the muscles in the body became dormant for a long period, the blood circulation slows down which causes nutrients to remain in the same place for a longer period. This includes the fatty acids, which can clog up the arteries of the heart. This can cause heart attack or stroke once the artery erupts due to much pressure.
Diabetes – the pancreas of in the body supplies insulin, which converts the sugar into energy. If the body remains sluggish for longer periods, the pancreas will not function well and will slow down the production of insulin. This will eventually cause diabetes and other problems.
Colon problems – the inactiveness of the body due to long hours of sitting can affect the circulation of essential elements that support and cleanse the body. There are certain nutrients, which cleanse the colon part of the body, like antioxidants and other detoxifying agents. If these nutrients are not delivered, the colon will not be cleansed well.
The solution for long hours of sitting is very simple. First, you need to sit properly. Don't lean forward. Just make the back straight, putting it on a perfect balance to support the weight of the upper body. The shoulders must relax and the lower back must be supported. Second, try to alternate sitting with other activities. There must be at least 30 minutes of sitting and 30 minutes of doing other activities like exercise of doing some household chores. This will help the blood to circulate properly.