Why is sitting more dangerous than smoking?
In this era where competition is at a decimal level, we are in the rat race of constantly being ahead of others to fit into this competitive world. And this competition has seeped into our bloodstream to such a level that we are ready to sacrifice anything to beat others. Be it sleep, food or physical health, we can compromise anything to stay ahead. We do not pay heed to the damage we have created all this while due to our negligence. We do not realize that while finishing our targets, we have been sitting in the same position for hours together. It affects our posture and spine in an adverse manner leading to severe back pain problems. Sitting on the same position for an hour tenses our muscles which in turn leads to severe problems relating to the spinal cord.
A study indicates that a simple act of sitting may lead to diseases like Type 2 Diabetes and Cardio-vascular problems, kidney diseases in women, breast cancer, obesity and other similar problems. Some people keep sitting at one place for 6-8 hours at a stretch and are more vulnerable to these ailments. Statistics say that sitting continuously causes equivalent harm as is caused by smoking. However one should understand that sitting alone does not cause any harm but rather rests the body. It is sitting in the same position for an hour or more that creates problems. In fact standing in the same position for an hour does equivalent amount of damage.
Keeping all the above facts in mind, some organizations have incorporated standing workstations in their offices. It also involves better focus and alertness on the part of employees since they are standing. Continuous sitting tends to make them lethargic and causes diseases. To curb the same one must exercise to help mitigate the effect. Study indicates that if you are sitting down for twelve hours, two hours of exercise is all you will take to reverse the impact. Continuous and frequent movement is the key to restore perfect health. Incorporate some amount of movement in your working hours to reduce the risk of diseases like cancer. Be it getting up to filling up your water bottle or personally going personally to hand over files instead of sending a peon are some of the ways to start with. Incorporating a healthy diet and requisite amount of exercise will also do a lot in this direction. Start by small but do your bit to move.