Most people with sedentary behaviour are also diagnosed with chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
According to Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of preventive medicine at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital: “Even if you are doing the recommended amount of moderate to vigorous exercise, you will still have a higher risk of mortality if you’re spending too many hours sitting.”
Below is a timeline of what sitting does to your system:
After Sitting Down in minutes or hours – your caloric burning will slow down, and since you’re not doing any activity, there will be malfunctioning of glucose uptake in your insulin by 40%–this will later lead to Type 2 Diabetes.
After 2 Weeks of Long-Hour Sitting – You begin to develop an increase in LDL (bad cholesterol), triglycerides (fatty molecules), and resistance to insulin. The moment you stopped your activities and sit, you decrease your ability to consume maximum amount of oxygen, thus it is notable that when you go upstairs, you will feel exhausted easily.
After 1 year – Symptoms starts to appear in a subtle manner. You’ll notice that you have gained weight, and when blood test is taken, it will show your increase in cholesterol. Bone mass is decreased 1% in women. Although you look healthy and chubby, you are weak when it comes to muscle strength.
After 10 Years – You will have as high as 64% of dying from heart disease. Increase the risk of prostate cancer for men, and breast cancer for women.