The impacts of sitting for long periods

In an average workday, how much time do you spend sitting down? Whilst the average African works a 40 hours week(5 days a week @ 8hrs a day), you need to remember to factor in the time spent commuting to work either in a car or on public transport, (which in some cases can be an extra 1.5 hours – depending on traffic), sitting down to eat meals, laying on the couch to watch tv and using computers.

All in all, for some people this may average out to be approximately 77 hours, a staggering 46% of the week spent sitting down, and this is before we even factor in sleeping each night.

What are the health impacts?So is your desk job trying to kill you? Inherently our bodies are not meant for sedentary work, they were meant for hunting and being mobile, therefore long periods of sitting down are disagreeable to our biological needs. According to Business Insider Australia, over time, sitting for long periods of time can contribute to the following:

  • Elevated blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Damage to the pancreas
  • Muscle degeneration
  • Weight gain
  • Digestion problems
  • Back and neck pain
  • Varicose veins