Why is sitting down bad for you?
A sedentary lifestyle – described as sitting or lying down for too long – poses many dangers to your health. It affects many areas of the human body more than we thought this simple act could.
It affects the lower body muscles
Sitting down may result in weaker leg and gluteal muscles, which are important for movement and stability. Movement helps the digestion of fats and sugars. Sitting down lessens the efficiency of the digestive system.
Research also suggests that people need 60 to 75 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each day to ward off the negative effects of excessive sitting. Although standing may not be a moderate-intensity activity, it could help remind you to move or walk every now and then.
The hips and back are also at risk from sitting too much. Long periods of sitting shortens the hip flexor muscles, while poor sitting posture can lead to spine health issues.