Do you have too much sitting? Is it harmful? If you have this habit, you can see this article.
How on earth is too much sitting? Generally speaking, sitting in an awake state for more than five days a week, sitting for more than 8 hours a day, or sitting upright for at least 2 hours a day without changing posture.
Some experts quantify "too much sitting": The harm of sitting for 1 hour is about smoking two cigarettes or reducing life by 22 minutes.
8 things will happen when you sit down all day
1. Increase the risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases
Sedentary will significantly slow down the blood flow, easily lead to the accumulation of fatty acids in the inner wall of blood vessels, increase blood viscosity, and be prone to coronary heart disease. The middle-aged and older adults who have suffered from coronary heart disease, hyperlipidemia, arteriosclerosis, and other diseases will induce myocardial infarction and cerebral infarction.
2. Increase risk of lower extremity vascular disease
Sedentary will reduce the contraction of leg muscles, slow down the blood flow of lower limbs, and increase the risk of lower extremity venous thrombosis. The pelvis and sacroiliac joint bear weight for a long time and have poor circulation, affecting the blood circulation of the abdomen and lower limbs, making the blood stay in the veins of the lower limbs for a long time cause varicose veins of the lower limbs.
3. Increase risk of Alzheimer's disease
Too much sitting will slow the blood circulation of the whole body. Even patients with primary diseases may have an insufficient blood supply to the brain, dizziness, fatigue, memory loss, inattention, etc. It will exacerbate the risk of Alzheimer's disease for a long time.
4. Increase risk of anorectal disease
Long-term sitting will lead to blood stasis around the rectum. Rectal veins are very easy to varicose and induce hemorrhoids. It will also cause the decline of gastrointestinal peristalsis function, the long-term residence of stool, and increase the possibility of constipation. More importantly, it will also increase the absorption of toxins in the body and significantly increase the risk of intestinal tumors.
5. Increase the risk of diabetes
As we all know, proper exercise is one of the prevention and treatment methods for diabetes. Too much sitting, fat accumulation, and insulin's ability to respond are impaired, resulting in abnormal glucose metabolism and increased risk of diabetes.
6. Increase risk of neck, shoulder, waist, and back pain
Long-term sitting will not relax the muscles of the neck, shoulder, and lower back, resulting in poor local circulation, muscle stiffness, muscle strain, headache, neck, shoulder, and low back pain. It will even cause degeneration and hyperplasia of corresponding bone joints.
7. Increase male diseases
Too much sitting will slow down the blood and lymphatic circulation in men's testis, resulting in declining spermatogenic ability and sperm quality. It will also lead to slow metabolism of reproductive organs, poor excretion of metabolic waste, and even infertility and sexual dysfunction.
And men who have long-time sitting habits have an increased risk of prostatitis or epididymitis.
8. Women with too much sitting will increase gynecological diseases
Women with too much sitting also face the problem of gynecological diseases, resulting in poor pelvic blood circulation, pelvic congestion, poor blood circulation of accessories and cervix, and gynecological diseases. And the perineum air is not circulating when sitting for a long time, which is very easy to breed bacteria and aggravate gynecological inflammation.
What should people with too much sitting do?
1. Get up after sitting for a long time
If the sitting time has reached 30 ~ 60 minutes, you must get up and exercise correctly, stretch your limbs and let the blood flow.
2. Don't stay in a fixed position for a long time
If the conditions do not permit and it is necessary to sit for a long time, do not keep a fixed posture all the time. Adjust the sitting posture appropriately and relax the limbs properly.
3. Do simple exercises
Due to the long-term sitting need to go to work, make use of the usual after dinner time, toilet time, commuting time, and leisure time, such as taking a 30-minute walk after dinner, walking to and from work, doing proper exercise and fitness at ordinary times, etc.
Having suffered from the above diseases, what should people do?
It should be better for patients who have had some diseases to control sitting time strictly, exercise correctly after meals, and actively prevent primary diseases.
It is best to start treatment after a detailed examination for some male or gynecological diseases. For prostatitis, epididymitis, and other male infections, people can choose the herbal medicine Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory Pill, especially for chronic diseases. For some gynecological diseases, such as pelvic inflammation and tubal inflammation, the Fuyan pill can be selected to achieve satisfactory results.