I spend hours in front of the computer each day. At first, it didn’t bother me. Slowly, I had to implement a more ergonomic environment. I constantly check my posture, I use a wrist pad, and I get up about every 20 minutes to stretch. All of this has become crucial for me. If I sit in front of my screen, typing away all day, my body aches all over. Pain radiates from my lower back and shoots down my legs. Sedentary jobs and sedentary lifestyles can lead to a whole host of problems. Here is a great article on the subject of sitting and being sedentary.
Sitting is killing you. Being sedentary or sitting, is associated with many health risks, including a 112% increase in diabetes risk, 147% increase in cardiovascular disease risk, 90% increased risk in cardiovascular mortality and 49% increased the risk of all-cause mortality. (Source) Just one day of sitting decreases insulin sensitivity, which elevates blood sugar and forces the body to produce more insulin to effectively metabolize incoming carbohydrates. Without activity, the body isn’t able to clear triglycerides from the blood which leads to cardiovascular risk. Being sedentary alters 4,500 genes and 34 metabolic pathways that determine how well the body’s cells function. (Source) Research is quite clear, it is no longer debatable, sedentary behaviors are an actual cause of disease. Continue reading…
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