Sitting is taking part of life away. We sit down everyday; however, do we know how much it affects our health. According to Joe Leech in an article titled, “Why is sitting too bad for your Health,” he explains that, “people who sit for long periods of time are more likely to be overweight or obese.” Sitting down for a large amount of time can truly increase health problems. In particular, sitting down for over half the day can result in health issues(Leech). By this he means that since we are sitting down we are not being productive throughout the day. In addition, sitting can cause other problems. Murat Dalkiline in his TED Talk titled, “Why Sitting is bad for You,” he asserts that “our blood depends on
Cardiometabolic risk has been shown to increase in relation to increased sedentary time, but decrease with breaks in sedentary time. Cooper et al. found that increased sedentary time was positively associated with increased cardiometabolic risk. Another study discovered that metabolic markers such as insulin sensitivity, triglyceride levels, and glucose tolerance were found to improve with increased physical activity breaks . Another benefit of physical activity breaks in sedentary time is the lowering of postprandial
The World Health Organization (2018) estimates that 1 in 4 adults are putting themselves at risk of heart disease, cancer, dementia, depression and premature death. Tremblay et al. (2017) defines sedentary behaviour as activities with a very low energy expenditure such as sitting, sleeping and watching TV.
Diseases and conditions associated with physical inactivity include heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, and obesity, among others (Global Health Risks, 2009). Researchers have reported that, after excluding pregnant individuals and
In Sumathi Reddy’s article “The Price We Pay for Sitting Too Much”, Reddy briefly examines the harms of sedentary behaviour. She suggests that in order to avoid them, one must do no more then increase the time they spend standing throughout the day. The article is aimed at working adults and suggest multiple schedules for increasing time on your feet and consequently, reducing sedentary behaviour. Some of the routines suggested are unrealistic for a busy person, such as the one preposed by Dr. Allan Hedge and Nasa. Hedge suggests that every thirty minutes, one should spend 20 minutes seated, 8 minutes standing and 2 minutes walking or stretching. Nasa’s recommended routine is simpler, but still slightly impractical. They suggest that one should
New evidence today suggest that the more hours that you sit, the greater likelihood of dying an earlier death regardless of how much you exercise, or how lean you are ( Masters, 2010). The fact is that millions of Americans think they are being healthy by working out at the gym on a daily basis. These people do not realize that the exercise they are doing in the gym is not able to counteract the effects of the “desk job.” These same people think they are living an active life by working out on almost a daily basis. The truth is that this is considered to be living an inactive lifestyle. The red flag is now raised. These same people that work out at the gym daily are now grouped into the dreaded sedentary lifestyle. Being a member of this group increases your chances of diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, and coronary artery disease. On top of all this, it increases the chances of obesity. Obesity notably increases when a person is living a sedentary lifestyle.
Increases in this type of behaviour has been associated with significant increases in the risk of developing chronic diseases with an increase of 112% relative risk of diabetes being reported by Wilmot et al (2012). A significant amount of research is now being conducted into the effect that prolonged sitting, as a sedentary behaviour, has on the risk of type-2 diabetes. The main effect of sitting idle for a prolonged amount of time is that the muscles required for upright movement such as the legs, back and truck, become redundant. The result of this is that we consequently decrease the energy expended as result of intermittent muscular contractions throughout the waking day (Hamilton et al 2007). One particular study found that an increase in 1 hour of television watching in which the participants would be seated, there was a 26% increase in the prevalence of metabolic syndrome in women (Dunstan et al 2005). Bed rest studies have also been used to assess the affects of prolonged inactivity in relation to insulin action and glucose
A study done by the American Public Transit Association reports that for each year per person, riding light rail transit versus an automobile reduced hydrocarbon emissions by nine pounds and CO2 emissions by 62.5 pounds; per mile, this is 99 percent fewer emissions than one automobile. Long term environmental concerns are also addressed with LRT, as this form of transit lasts upwards of 30 years, whereas buses last only 15. The combined effect of taking cars and buses off the streets will be very beneficial to the environment, and will also benefit the residents of Elkhead by lowering travel
A medical problem a person may develop due to their inactivity and poor diet is a hypokinetic disease. According to the Oxford Dictionary of Sports and Medicine, the definition of hypokinetic disease is “a disease brought on, at least in part, by insufficient movement and exercise. Hypo kinesis has been identified as an independent risk factor for the origin and progression of several widespread chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and lower back pain.” In other words, hypokinetic disease can also be referred to as obesity. Other risk factors they may evolve in this disease is cancer in the gastric, breast, and renal area.
“During one week, the most metabolically active male burned an average of 3,450 calories per day, while the least metabolically active female expended 1,475 calories per day. It was rare for a woman on crew to burn 2,000 calories in a day, and common for male crew members to exceed 3,000,” Greene said.
Men who work in professions that require sitting for extended periods of time are generally more unhealthy than those who are active during their work day. Being sedentary for eight or more hours decreases the efficiency of the circulatory system, increases weight gain, and lessens a man's stamina. If you work at a job that requires you to sit at a desk, make sure that you are moving around at least ten minutes out of every hour.
"With the pedometer, I learned that just by parking my car further away I can burn more calories," Scagnetti says. "I've gotten myself to aim for the goal of doing at least 250 calories a day."
Merely not using a person’s body is harmful. Not being active results in a person’s muscles becoming weak and out of condition. The effectiveness of a person’s heart and lungs will decrease. A person’s joints will become stiff and can be injured easily. Inactivity can be as much of a health risk as smoking. In addition children have become extremely lazy with all the