Recently, an increasing number of studies have shown that sitting down for long periods of time may cause harm to our bodies and health. Scientific research suggests that there may be a link between sitting and liver disease, not to mention developing a poor posture, increasing the risk of diabetes, and anxiety.
“The unhealthy truth is that physical inactivity, including sitting too much, has become the new smoking.” (Heart Foundation CEO Mary Barry)
How so? Placing all the weight of our body onto our rear ends for too long can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Humans were given legs for a reason: to move, whether it be standing, walking, running or even climbing. Our bodies were designed for movement, and this constant movement, as well as frequent exercise, keeps us fit and healthy.
Professor Michael Trenell at Newcastle University in the UK goes further.
"The message is clear, our chairs are slowly but surely killing us. Our body is designed to move and it is not surprising that sedentary behavior, characterized by low muscle activity, has a direct impact on physiology. The challenge for us now is to 'stand up' and move."