We sit in the car, while working, while eating, while we use the computer, watch TV and read … Do you ever think how it affects our health? This video clip shows that prolonged sitting slowly destroys the body. If you are a person that sits six hours a day, this means that you are going to feel the effects in 10-20 years, and that you will shorten your life for seven years.
Because of the long hours of sitting the risk of fatal heart problems increases by 64 percent, while the risk of prostate cancer or breast cancer increases by 30 percent. Prolonged sitting has a significant impact on your metabolism. This has a negative impact on blood sugar levels, triglycerides, cholesterol, blood pressure and levels of “appetite hormone” leptin, biomarkers of obesity and cardiovascular disease.
With sitting we sabotage the lymphatic system, which helps the body to suppress infections. Lymph vessels, which drain waste products, do not have a pump like the heart, they are controlled by the rhythmic contraction of the muscles in the legs. So, while you sit, the lymphatic system cannot do its job.