Sitting too long in everyday life poses real health risks. Here’s what you need to know about it.
Let’s face it: much of today’s adult life revolves around work, which for most people means spending long hours in front of screens and sitting immobile in chairs.
Work-related stress has been shown to have severe effects on our health. But it seems that it also affects our physical health. While scientists have determined the maximum number of hours one should work, one chiropractor says the total amount of time one should sit.
The maximum number of hours you should sit down
As Newsweek reports, a survey in the U.S. found that the average person there spends an incredible 9.5 hours sitting down! If that sounds highly unhealthy to you, it is!
The report included advice from Tom Oddo, a chiropractor in New York who advises his patients to sit for no more than four hours in a workday (you still don’t have to walk 10,000 steps, though).
He is quoted by Newsweek as follows:
Generally, I advise my patients to sit for less than four hours during their workday because it’s probably the most sedentary time of their day. Long story short, your body will hurt if you sit a lot. But if you exercise three to four hours a day in addition to all that sitting, you probably won’t die from a sitting disease. However, this strategy doesn’t leave much time for sleep.
Why is too much sitting bad for your health?
As the chiropractor notes, sitting alone is not harmful to the body or a disease. However, excessive sitting can cause several musculoskeletal problems and medical issues.
The main culprit that is detrimental to health is physical inactivity! Too much time without physical activity or exercise is linked to obesity, cardiovascular problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels, and type 2 diabetes.
In addition, sitting for long periods in poor posture strains the body and can lead to permanent physical problems.
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