Sitting in Office Chair

Rest and relaxation are important, but a long-term sedentary lifestyle can put your body at risk for chronic health issues. Learning the science behind why this happens might help motivate people to get moving for a longer, healthier life. 

Do you sit most of the day every day? The following conditions could become a challenge for your health. Some symptoms might seem minor at first and become more problematic over time. 

8. Anxiety

Anxiety

The journal BMC Health published a 2015 study on the association of anxiety with sedentary behavior (SB). The study results revealed a “positive relationship between sitting time and anxiety risk.” Though the study also noted that “limited evidence is available on the association between SB and risk of anxiety” it seems the longer we sit around every day the more the risk for developing anxiety goes up. 

To boost your mood, consider spending a little time in the sunshine. Exposure to just 5-15 minutes of natural sunlight could raise your levels of the feel-good hormone serotonin. 

7. Back Pain

Back Pain

The medical experts at UCLA Health state that “sitting for prolonged periods of time can be a major cause of back pain, cause increased stress of the back, neck, arms and legs and can add a tremendous amount of pressure to the back muscles and spinal discs.” They also warn that prolonged sitting can lead to “poor sitting posture” resulting in damage to the spine. 

If your job requires you to be seated for many hours a day, see if you can use a standing desk for part of that time to alleviate back pain and take some pressure off your spine. 

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