A sedentary lifestyle raises your risk of acquiring several health conditions, ranging from the mildest to the severe.
Weight gain and obesity
Burning fewer calories due to prolonged sitting can result in weight gain and even, obesity.
Studies also show that sedentary activities, such as working a desk job or being on the phone or computer for too long increases a person’s risk of obesity.
Falls and injuries
Sitting all day does not require you to use your legs and glutes, making these large muscles lose their strength.
Muscle weakness can result in falls, accidents, and injuries.
Severe back and neck pain
Prolonged sitting and poor posture puts so much pressure on your spinal discs, which causes soreness, stiffness, and severe pain on the back and neck.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Being sedentary for too long can result in deep vein thrombosis or a blood clot that develops in the leg. DVT is a serious health condition that may lead to pulmonary embolism.
However, DVT rarely happens to people who sit for long hours a day unless they are completely immobile. We can note that some individuals with underlying conditions (such as high fatty deposits in their blood) may be more at risk.
Prolonged sitting is one factor that can contribute to cardiovascular diseases, like coronary artery disease and heart attack.
Based on a comparative study, people whose work requires them to sit for long hours are more susceptible to heart disease than those whose work requires moving.