Sitting Too Much May Be Killing YouPrint
You’ve likely heard the expression, “Sitting is the new smoking.” Although some studies indicate this may not be entirely true, researchers remain united on the fact that too much sitting is definitely bad – and not just for your saddlebags. Studies have time and again concluded that prolonged sitting increases the risk of developing several serious illnesses, ranging from osteoporosis to cancer to heart disease to type 2 diabetes.
So, what is it about sitting that’s so detrimental to your health? Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening inside your body every time you take a seat and settle in to stay – whether you’re parking it on your office chair or your comfy couch.
- Your metabolic rate plummets. – You burn fewer calories when you sit, which frequently leads to weight gain over time. Exercise helps, but considering the average person with a desk job sits for at least 10 hours a day (including time for meals and commuting) and sleeps 8 hours, it’s hard to rev the metabolism with just 6 hours remaining in the day. Weight gain often creeps up on people, and weight-related issues such as heart disease and diabetes tend to lurk nearby. Res-Q Natural Weight Loss can help you maintain a healthy weight. Res-Q 105MAX supports healthy blood sugar.
- Your triglyceride levels go up. – Triglycerides supply energy for your body. If your body doesn’t have an immediate need for energy, the triglycerides are stored as fat for a future energy reserve. During a recent study, researchers looked at data from 700 men and women ages 36 to 80 years. The study showed that for every two hours of sitting time replaced with standing time each day, participants had 11 percent lower triglyceride levels. Elevated triglyceride levels are a risk factor for coronary artery disease. The omega-3s in fish oil support a healthy triglyceride level and are a nice addition to limiting sitting as much as possible.
- The blood circulation to your legs slows. – Prolonged sitting can lead to pooled blood in your lower extremities, leading to varicose veins and swollen ankles. In serious cases it can lead to blood clots deep in your leg veins, a dangerous condition called deep vein thrombosis. Res-Q Leg & Vein Support helps maintain the health of your veins and capillaries.
- Your bones get soft. – Weight-bearing exercises like running and walking are needed to stimulate your hip and lower body bones to grow thicker and stronger. Some scientists say a recent surge in osteoporosis is linked to sedentary lifestyle. Res-Q SmartCal is a calcium supplement blend with vitamin K2 to help direct calcium into your bones.
- You trigger your body’s inflammatory process. – Several different studies have shown that increased sitting time correlates with increased levels of C-reactive protein, a blood marker for inflammation. Omega-3s are well known for their anti-inflammatory properties.
If you’re worried about the amount of sitting you do, these supplements can help combat some of the negative health consequences. But better yet, you should find ways to get up and get active, even if it means walking around your living room during commercial breaks.