How sitting for long hours can affect your health

You must get up and stretch every now and then to keep your bones active.  (Source: Getty / Thinkstock)
 
 Does your job entail sitting glued to the chair for long hours?  Science says that not getting up and moving intermittently can negatively impact your health.  So the next time you get a little too comfortable in your seat, remember to alight and stretch for a bit.  If this still convinces you, here are some ways in which sitting for long can damage your body.
 

How harmful is too much sitting? – Mayo Clinic

 
 This is the first side effect that can get pretty serious with time.  When you crane your neck too hard and focus on the computer screen in front of you, you expose yourself to severe cramps and other complications.  If you must, position yourself differently, or bring the screen to the eye level.  Your posture is what matters.  In addition to this, get up from your seat every now and then, take a walk and indulge in some neck exercises.
 

 Want to improve your posture?  Here’s what you should do

 
 Another health complication that comes with sitting too long.  Lower back pain happens because of slouching and an overall poor posture.  It can be dangerous for the spine.  When working at the desk, ensure your keyboard is placed close to the body, so as to avoid bending the spine.  Improving the posture can bring some relief, as can getting up and straightening yourself.
 
The dangers of sitting: why sitting is the new smoking – Better Health Channel
 
 According to a study conducted in the Journal of Bone Mineral Research, not indulging in any kind of physical activity can decrease the mineral content in bones.  You can make some dietary changes by consuming milk and spinach, but you must, by all means, engage in some kind of physical activity so as to keep the bones running.
 

Sitting for long periods can lead to weakening and wasting away of the large leg and gluteal muscles.  This large sitting or lying down for too long increases your risk of chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.  Too much sitting can also be bad for your mental health.

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