Too much sitting... - Estes Park Trail-Gazette

This is the article that happens after being stuck in a blizzard for more than 36 hours over the weekend! First snowstorm for this girl from Florida. Rules up there with hurricanes.

Causes Anxiety: A University of Tasmania study found that people who spend most of their workday sedentary, even if they are physically active and exercise during their free time, still have relatively higher rates of anxiety and depression symptoms than workers who do this sat less than three hours a day.

Causes depression: Sitting reduces blood flow, making it harder for the “feel good” hormones to spread throughout the body. Those who sit more than seven hours a day are 47 percent more likely to suffer.

Causes weak muscles: is there anything else I need to say or add?

Causes frayed nerves: think about it. People with desk jobs are more likely to complain of neck and back pain. Sitting for too long leads to muscle wasting and eventually to all sorts of ailments.

Causes Diabetes: A 22 percent increase is the link between each additional 60-minute sitting time. A Dutch study found that people with type 2 diabetes spend an extra hour sitting every day.

Causes Hip Problems: Prolonged sitting causes inactivity of all muscles in the lower back, hips, and legs. Weak muscles cause weak joints which cause pain in those joints and hip problems!

Causes Osteoporosis: Standing puts more weight on your bones and joints and sitting takes away that opportunity for weight bearing, so sitting opens the door to osteoporosis.

Increases cancer risk: According to a study published in the Journal of National Cancer Institute, prolonged sitting increases the risk of colon, endometrial, and possibly lung cancer by 66 percent. They studied 4 million people and 68,936 cancer cases, finding that those who sat the longest had a higher risk, which worsened with every two-hour increase in sitting time.

Causes Poor Posture: Of course you will lean forward toward your computer screen or lean back from your television. If you lean too long or slouch, you will be like that even when you stand and walk. Poor posture is also painful.

Causes heart disease: “Some research suggests that sitting has deleterious effects on sugar and fat metabolism, both of which affect a person’s heart and diabetes,” says Dr. I-Min Lee, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Think about it. Getting up and moving burns calories and sugar, forcing the body to work better.

Causes fat storage: Lipoprotein lipase (LPL) is an enzyme that breaks down fat and uses its energy for exercise and other things. If the enzyme is not recruited for use, it is stored as fat. A study from the Journal of Physiology used mice to test LPL at three levels of activity; Lying, standing and exercising. Burning of LDL increased more than 10-fold when the mice simply stood. Her point is that you can’t combat the effects of sitting all day with 30-60 minutes of exercise alone. Standing all day is the answer.

Causes of obesity and weight gain: I have nothing to add.

Causes premature aging and death: An Austrian study found that people who watch TV an average of six hours a day live an average of 4.8 years less than those who don’t watch TV at all. Every hour of television that participants watched after age 25 was associated with a 22-minute reduction in life expectancy.

Causes Chronic Fatigue: People who exercise and/or exercise regularly have more energy. Exercise and exercise reduce feelings of tiredness by 65 percent and increase energy by 20 percent. Chronic sitting causes body and brain fatigue with chronic consequences, so standing and exercise are a must.

Causes dementia: According to Harvard Medical School, research has linked more sitting and less activity to an increased risk of dementia.

Causes leg vein problems: The risk of deep vein thrombosis (dangerous blood clots) is increased and highest in people who sit for long periods, smoke or are pregnant. Varicose veins are also a problem for people who sit (or stand) for long periods of time.

(“These are the 23 Very Scary Effects of Too Much Sitting” Byrens H. 9/12/18,