There are plenty of reasons why we all love to sit down. Sitting on a bus on the way to work, sitting at your desk, sitting at lunch… well, you get the idea. And a lot of you are probably sitting down right now, reading this article. However, did you know that it could have some seriously detrimental effects to your health?
Unless you’ve been living without the Internet for the past five years, you’ll be well aware by now how bad it is for you. But even if you think you’ve heard it all before, take 60 seconds to watch the animation below, which does a great job of explaining what exactly happens, biologically, when we sit.
Animator Duncan Elms created the video for Australian news programme 60 Minutes, that helps to enlighten us on how sitting has been called “the new smoking“.
This is one of the best summaries of the research we’ve seen so far, and also helps to explain why something so seemingly innocent can potentially trigger such broad problems, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Along with the usual suspects of weight gain and back pain, the clip tells us that, as soon as you sit down, the enzymes that break down fat drop by 90%, and your insulin effectiveness and good cholesterol levels drops. Sitting also makes blood clots more likely to form in your brain, and people with desk jobs are twice as likely to suffer from heart disease than those with active jobs.
We could go on, but the take-home message here is pretty simple – maybe it’s time to stand up, watch the video and then get outside and go for a walk. Seriously.
via Science Alert