How Sitting Raises Mortality

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In the process of growing up you’re taught to always be active and always keep yourself going because it allows you to always have energy. Maintaining an active lifestyle is key to keeping you body healthy and prolonging your life but what happens when one does the opposite? Can sitting for too long actually cause issues? It is proven that sitting for an extended amount everyday can lead to serious issues and is different then exercising too little.
The article, Too Much Sitting: The Population-Health Science of Sedentary Behavior (2010) explains how sedentary behaviors have become a new focus for research on physical activity and health. Sedentary behaviors are TV viewing, Computer and game-console use, workplace sitting, and time spent in automobiles, which is anything done while being seated and not using much of your energy. That’s where the issues arise, since you are not using any energy or any muscles while sitting you will burn less fat which gives you that sluggish feeling making you lazier.
Although it is unclear how sitting too long can cause many issues for you health wise it is something that is proven to be a cause of being over weight and obese, having diabetes type 2, some type of cancer, and premature death. (Doheny, 2014) Since sitting does slow down the metabolism it begins to affect the body’s ability to regulate sugar, blood pressure and break down fats. It does not necessarily mean that because one sits too long they will obtain one of the risks stated above but simply that it increases the chances of getting them in the future. Limiting the amount of time spent doing activities that involve you sitting is key when avoiding health issues but so many people are unaware of this even being an issue.

People assume because they are sitting nothing will happen to them health wise but something that goes unnoticed is how much you actually eat…...

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