Sitting for long stretches of time increases the odds of a premature death.
Sitting at a desk, with hunched shoulders and a rounded spine, leads to a substantial reduction in lung capacity, which is further exacerbated by a lack of diaphragmatic movement due to abdominal compression between the upper body and the flexed hip.
Over time, breathing becomes chronically impaired, leading to decreased energy and negative effects on the brain, including impaired focus and reduced memory and surprisingly an increased risk for stroke.
The body’s ability to effectively respond to sugar intake is profoundly affected by prolonged sitting, leading to insulin resistance and diabetes.
Long-term increased blood sugar levels give rise to cardiovascular disease, stroke, kidney failure, nerve damage, blindness and limb amputations.
The gluteal muscles are an essential component for human locomotion and suffer enormous damage from sitting.
The chonic lack of extension in the hip muscles lead to tightness and a reduced range of motion, while weakened glute muscles decrease a person’s stability.