Harmful effects of sitting all day

Although the side effects of continuous sitting are not fully understood yet, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), it increases the risk of obesity, blood pressure and heart disease. However, by walking for five minutes in the middle, side effects can be removed.

According to who, 65 to 80 percent of the population of cities sit all day long, which has harmful effects and can cause many diseases. Even during the Covid pandemic, a large population around the world was confined to chairs and tables for work.

The World Health Organization insists that sitting in a useless way can weaken bones, shrink muscles and cause premature death. Now these side effects can be greatly reduced with a five-minute walk in between.

According to a paper published in the American College of Sports Medicine on January 12, walking five minutes every 30 minutes can reduce the negative effects of continuous sitting. This research has been done by experts from Columbia University.

For this, some people were recruited and all had to sit in a comfortable chair for eight hours and work on the computer or use the phone in unemployment. Those divided into two groups were asked to exercise or physical activity in between, and some of the people who took a break were given light food items.

Throughout the process, experts studied the psychological and physical characteristics of the volunteers. These included mood, fatigue, mental and emotional state, blood pressure, blood sugar and other factors. Now people who took a five-minute walk every half an hour had very little negative effects of sitting.

For this reason, experts have said that people working in offices should adopt its habit and institutions should also encourage it.


Author: DoctorMaryam.org

3rd Professional Medical Student. Karachi Medical and Dental College.

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