According to Dr. Levine “sitting is the new smoking,”. Sitting long hours on chairs, sofas, chairs or stools is not suitable for our health. Humans have not evolved to sit long hours. We have evolved as a Bipedal man, hence our natural movements are sitting, walking and running.
Sitting on chairs for too long increases your risk of chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Too much sitting can also be bad for your mental health.
Being active is not as hard as you think. There are lots of simple ways to include some physical activity in your day.
Effects of Sitting
Some effects of sitting long hours on chairs
- Obesity – Weight Gain because of low energy expenditure
- Poor Blood Circulation
- Back and spine injuries
- Some rheumatic diseases like osteoarthritis
- Heart Disease
- Weakened Muscles
- Posture Problems
- Chronic Body Pain
- Brain Damage
- Anxiety, Loneliness and Depression
- Low energy expenditure. …
- Slower metabolism. …
- Compromised posture. …
- Back and spine injuries. …
- Reduced social skills. …
- Loneliness or depression.
How to overcome – Start Moving
- Periodically move around in your chair
- Stand while talking on the phone or eating lunch.
- Use a stand up desk.
- Have organized breaks throughout the day.
- Walk laps with your colleagues rather than gathering in a conference room for meetings.
- Sit on the floor rather than on a chair.
Sitting on the floor
Instead of sitting on a chair or sofa, sitting on the floor is more healthier. In the diagram below, you can see the several ways people sit on the floor around the world. In Sri Lanka and in many Asian cultures sitting on the floor is very common.
Sitting on the floor, naturally improves your posture, strength and flexibility. It has been shown to correlate with a longer lifespan.