Why Sitting Is Killing You
More and more people around the world are sitting at work and are not leading very active lives. We spend so much time sitting at work, sitting for meals, and then sitting watching computer or television that we are not giving our bodies the real exercise that we need to maintain healthy, long lives. The real truth is sitting is killing you slowly.
Studies around the world have shown that leading more active lives can actually help you to live a longer life. Prolonged sitting can cause complications like heart disease and ultimately decrease your life.
While sitting is killing you, the risk is even greater if you are inactive altogether. One study shows a huge increase in heart disease and other vascular diseases if you are not active at all. This is why the professionals keep telling us to get off our rears and get active. It’s not because they are mean and want to see us out there working ourselves into a sweat. It’s because the professionals know it will increase our lifespans. Living a sedentary lifestyle without being active can lead to a whole slew of problems including:
- High blood pressure
- Vascular disease
- Heart conditions
- Chronic Illnesses
- Disc Herniation
- Lipid Disorders
- Breast Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- And a many other risky conditions
Professionals say that you should do 30 minutes of moderate exercise about four times a week. If you sit at work for at least 8 hours a day, you need even more exercise in order to remain healthy. In one study it showed that mortality was 59 percent more likely in the least active group who sat for at least 8 hours out of the day. This goes to show you how valuable exercise really is and how sitting is killing you or causing serious harm to your body.
Before you start any exercise routine please be sure to talk to your doctor or specialist. This is especially true if you have any heart conditions or chronic illnesses that can prevent you from certain levels of exercise. It’s always important to know and understand what your body can handle before starting a new exercise regime.
Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome and How Sitting Is Killing You
Adrenal fatigue syndrome (AFS) is a health condition brought on by both physical and mental stress. Adrenal fatigue syndrome has various signs and symptoms such as: feeling anxious, brain fog, lethargy, fatigue, and insomnia. The onset of AFS is slow but without proper relief it can be debilitating. One of the biggest symptoms of adrenal fatigue syndrome is lethargy and fatigue. While sitting is killing you, improper exercise if you suffer from adrenal fatigue can actually make symptoms worse or even make your adrenals crash. Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome is a stressful state where you have low energy. So when you have low energy and you use energy, it becomes a negative.
In order to properly exercise when you suffer from adrenal fatigue syndrome you should look at the whole picture. You need to come up with a strategy that incorporates reducing stress, promoting a proper nutritional diet and customize an exercise regime that uses your limited energy to the best of its ability without harming you further.
Improper diet or too much stress is like driving a car without gas or brakes. You have to look at your body as a machine and how can you properly get this machine to work. If you are unsure about how to get more active without harming yourself, you should talk to a professional who understands AFS. An improper routine could be just as debilitating as AFS.
The NeuroEndoMetabolic Stress Response And Living Actively
The NeuroEndoMetabolic Stress Response or NEM is a response system that shows how our bodies handle stress physically, mentally, and emotionally. Many of our stress responses come from our neuroendocrine system. In fact, most of it falls on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) hormonal axis. Our adrenal glands are our main stress control organs. The adrenals produce cortisol which is the main stress reliever for our bodies. This is why it is important to have our adrenal gland functioning properly; without our ability to manage it, stress becomes out of control.
In order to live actively while dealing with AFS we need to reduce the stress put on our adrenal glands. In life some stress is unavoidable. However, we can do things like declutter, organize our lives, and get rid of people who cause us stress in order to reduce the stress we have. We can also eat properly and exercise regularly. However, as mentioned previously, improper exercise and poor diet will worsen the symptoms of AFS.
You may want to have a lifestyle coach or a nutritional coach that understands AFS to help you find the right amount of diet and exercise to help you lead a healthier life. While sitting and doing nothing may be killing you, actually doing too much while suffering from adrenal fatigue could kill you too. It’s important to find that healthy balance to increase your quality of life and reduce the symptoms of AFS.
Also keep in mind that if you don’t work toward relieving some of the symptoms of AFS, no amount of diet or exercise will help you through it. You really need to work on stress reduction just as much as you have to work on diet and exercise. If you have any other health issues or concerns please consult your physician before changing your diet or exercise routine. Overall health is so important.
© Copyright 2017 Michael Lam, M.D. All Rights Reserved.
Dr. Lam’s Key Question
Can one hour of exercise a day actually improve your overall health?
Yes! Studies have shown that if you sit for 8 hours a day but actually take one hour a day to exercise, you can significantly reduce the health risks from sitting and being inactive. If you want to improve your life and live longer you need to be active at least for one full hour every single day.