Have you been following the news and studies that uncover one of the seemingly innocent ways of our life – our sitting habits.
And here we do not mean sitting in general, rather spending your long-work hours in almost the same sitting position day in and day out, followed by months and years.
Some of the studies show a profound result of leading a sedentary life style that not even your regular exercise can undo – the link to the metabolic quadrant of diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and even cancer.
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Here’s what one of the latest meta-analysis by DAniela Schmid and Michael F. Leitsmann showed:
“The researchers examined close to 70,000 cancer cases and found that sitting is associated with a 24% increased risk of colon cancer, a 32% increased risk of endometrial cancer, and a 21% increased risk of lung cancer.”
What was really disturbing to me is to read this by the authors of the study:
“Adjustment for physical activity did not affect the positive association between sedentary behavior and cancer.”
Why cannot it be undone by increased physical activity?
#1 Sitting –> weight gain –> elevated risk
When you’re sedentary, you burn only about a calorie a minute. Being overweight or obese is a known risk factor for many common chronic diseases. The cancer risk, the authors note, comes about because obesity can promote insulin resistance and bodily inflammation, two of the many things known to increase increase the risk of cancer for people of above-average body weight. Interestingly, the authors also mention the link between obesity and vitamin D deficiency, which has been associated with an elevated risk of colon cancer.
#2 Sitting –> inactive muscles –> harmful biological signaling
Sitting also means your large postural support muscles, such as the quadriceps and glutes, aren’t doing anything. When active, these muscles produce a suite of beneficial molecules. “Skeletal muscles have an electrical activity in them when they’re working which is like the light switch that turns on all these healthy things in the muscles,” explained Marc Hamilton, director of the Inactivity Physiology Program at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana. When you sit, you turn these light switches off.
Sitting Can Be Fatal.
This is not a banal statement. This is a reality that has spread in our society and has started affecting masses of population.
However, the hope is here. The hope is in your hands. The sedentary living can be modified and changed into yet a prolific way of expressing yourself. The Nike’s motto “Just Do It” is one of your best friends here. Plus, the companies like InMovement has come up with accommodations that you and I cannot ignore!
TreadMill desks, Elevated Desks, and plethora of simple, yet effective accessories for our sedentary work environment – these are the things that companies like InMovment are currently creating to contribute to the Un-doing of the sitting to our health.
Look at this amazing InMovement Portable Desk that I’ve been using for about a month to adjust my sedentary lifestyle to a more living, breathing (no kidding here!), and feeling great about what I do to change for a healthier work environment.
So, what can affect and undo the results of sitting?
We can spend part of our day working standing up!
And interrupting our work day with short spurts of standing up, walking around, taking deep breaths – all while standing up – will get your body working and functioning as it should be!
Standing a few minutes during each hour spent working in a sitting position will add to your active time and help to shake off the years of sitting, too.
My routine these days looks like this:
– For every hour spent sitting, I get up and quickly do 10 squats and work about 10 minutes standing up.
That’s it. This small change –––> to get up and move during each sitting hour has made already positive metabolic changes in my body. It can in yours, too!
The products like InMovement desks can truly change a work environment and your well-being for the better!
The one I have been using for about a month is portable and can be easily arranged at any location and room I need it! I so much have been enjoying this amazing accommodation that my neighbors have been coming to check it out, as we do talk and discuss things in our lives in our cul-de-sac!
I will be reporting more details on this current accommodation from InMovement in this post and outside of it. Stay tuned. Check out their whole line of equipment and accessories they developed to break the sitting trend in offices, homes, schools.
Here are some more resources for you to educate yourself on the current state of events of leading a Sedentary Lifestyle.