WARNING: The chair you’re sitting in while reading this article could possibly be hazardous to your overall health!
Even if you do the recommended 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity at least five days per week, it’s how you spend the remaining 23½ hours of the day that really matters. A new and emerging area of science, called ‘inactivity physiology’, exposes the hidden dangers associated with prolonged sitting – something all too common in modern society.
What is inactivity physiology?
Research shows that vital enzymes in your legs’ blood vessels, which are responsible for siphoning fat out of the blood, virtually shut off when you’re in the seated position. The excess fat floating around your bloodstream can negatively alter your cholesterol levels, increase your risk of heart disease, and contribute to obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Prolonged sitting time also translates to a loss of muscle tone and definition. Even if you go to the gym, the negative effects of a full day of sitting can ‘undo’ all your hard work. The good news is that incorporating more standing and light activity into your day, independent of time spent in the gym, ‘reactivates’ these enzymes, burns more kilojoules and improves overall health.
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