Tips to avoid long sitting hours

Sitting requires less energy than standing or walking. Sitting for a long period is linked to various health problems. It gives rise to various metabolic diseases. Take a look at some lifestyle changes or habits you can do to avoid long sitting hours.

Sitting requires less energy than standing or walking. Sitting for a long period of time is linked to various health problems. These health issues include obesity, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels, and various other metabolic diseases. Prolonged sitting also seems to increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases and further death. Sitting for a long time in front of a laptop or office desk or TV too can have a negative impact on our health. An investigation of 13 studies on sitting time and activity levels reveals that those who sat for more than eight hours a day with no physical activity had a risk of dying similar to the risks of dying posed by obesity and smoking. However, unlike some other studies, this analysis of data from more than 1 million people found that 60 to 75 minutes of moderately intense physical activity a day opposed the effects of too much sitting. Another study found that sitting time contributed little to mortality for people who were most active.

Thus, studies reveal that less sitting and being more active contribute to better health. One can start standing more rather than sitting while they have a chance to do so. Even small little efforts can make a huge difference.

  • Take a break from long sitting hours every 20 minutes for 20 seconds. You can follow the 20:20:20 formula. This exercise is effective not only for physical health but for your eyes too if you are working on a system. 
  • You have the option to stand while talking on the phone or watching television. 
  • If you work on the desk, go for a standing desk and not with a sitting chair.
  • If you have to discuss or attend some meetings, try going for a walk with them and not meet only in conference rooms. 

Incorporating these small changes in daily life can be really profound. This will also help you to lose some extra kilos for beginners and will boost energy at the same time. Also, physical activity helps maintain muscle tone, your ability to move, and your mental well-being, especially as you age.

(Disclaimer: The content on this site is for informational purposes only, and should not be taken as professional medical advice.  Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other health professionals for any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.)


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Renu Gupta

With a background in Pharmacy which is the clinical health science that links medical science with chemistry, I had the desire to mix creativity to these fields. Medicircle provides me an avenue to apply my training in science and interest in creativity together.

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