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.
Type 2 diabetes
Having a sedentary lifestyle increases a person’s insulin resistance, resulting in type 2 diabetes.
According to a study from the Netherlands, an extra hour of sedentary time increases a person’s risk of diabetes by 22% than those who are less sedentary.
Depression and anxiety
An increase in sedentary behavior is associated with an increased risk of depression and anxiety.
According to a recent study, a two-decade sedentary lifestyle is linked to twice the risk of premature death compared to having an active lifestyle.
How to lessen the effects of sitting all day?
One of the best ways to reduce the effects of sitting all day is by exercising for at least 30 minutes a day. If exercising is not doable, there are other ways you can do to stay active even if your daily routine requires you to sit all day.