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Four Ways Sitting Might Be Killing You

Update Date: Nov 23, 2014 10:31 PM EST

Sitting is being deemed as the new smoking. However, that office chair or the couch is not to be blamed for. The real culprit is the lazy habit of parking yourself in a spot that is silently ringing the death knell for you. 

Here's a reality check of the damage that over-sitting might be incurring: 

Chronic disease

Sitting for more than four hours a day can cause you chronic disease like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or cancer. According to a survey, the more time participants spent siting, the more likely they were to have one of these chronic diseases, regardless of their BMI, or even an exercise routine. 

Lower body problems

Poor circulation in legs leads to swollen ankle, varicose veins and DVT. According to experts there has been rise in the cases of osteoporosis to desk jobs and lack of activities like running and exercises. 

Poor mental well-being

Everyone wants to unwind on the couch after a taxing day at work, however, this could be counter productive for your mind. According to a study, non-occupational sitting time - vegetating in front of the TV, watching films on a laptop, for instance - had a negative impact of women's mental health in particular. Mental functioning slows down as well.

Muscle degeneration

Extended sitting makes flutes soft, as they are used to doing nothing, affecting your stride. In the case of chronic sitters, hip flexor muscles is less used, hence the hips get tight making their range of motion limited. It affects your movement as well. 

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