Sitting Is the New Smoking: 5 Unforeseen Risks of Sitting All Day

We have a new epidemic to worry about, and it’s not that of a virus. With the increase in office work and working from home, people are spending more time than ever sitting. While it might seem innocuous, bad posture while sitting can have many adverse effects, some of which we don’t even correlate with sitting.

Here are five risks of an incorrect sitting posture at work you might not know about:

1. Anxiety

Poor posture habits can lead to decreased mental health, according to studies performed in 2014 and 2017. People with a bad posture are more likely to feel anxious or suffer from depression and are less likely to be confident in their work. Your sitting posture at work might be causing you to lose your next chance at a promotion, so make sure to take steps to remedy that. Take a break every now and then to flex your muscles and stretch your neck, arms, and back. Your mental health should be your priority, and it’d be a shame for bad posture to ruin that.

2. Weight Gain

Sitting all day can cause you to gain weight. While you might be thinking this is obvious, as sitting doesn’t cause you to spend much calories, there’s another, hidden reason for this. Improper sitting posture means that your body is not balanced properly. As a result, your body will store fat in some areas to counterbalance it. Even if you take up exercising, if you retain bad habits while sitting, this weight might remain, which you might feel frustrating.

3. Heart Disease

Many studies have shown that people who sit for long periods are at a much higher risk of suffering from heart attacks. Ensuring that you have proper sitting posture at work can be helpful, but moving around will be much better for your heart than you might realize. If you spend a lot of time sitting while at work, make sure not to spend your free time doing the same.

4. Diabetes

Improper posture and sitting around can cause digestion issues and will slow down your metabolism. You are also at a higher risk of having increased blood sugar. Over time, this will increase your risk of type 2 diabetes. While doctors still aren’t sure why, exercise and walking are correlated with a sharp decrease of blood sugar in diabetic patients.

5. Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a severe medical issue where a clot forms in your leg and moves up through your vascular system to your heart. Sitting for long periods, for example at work or during long flights, increases your chance of forming a blood clot due to inactivity. Sitting can literally kill you, so make sure you take the necessary steps to prevent these problems.

Improving your sitting posture at work is one of the first steps toward a healthier life. It’s also vital that you stretch or do exercises while taking a break, and fix your posture at your desk. Your mental and physical health shouldn’t come after your work duties, so make sure to stand up straight and walk tall.