Too much sitting is bad for your health. But how far do the consequences go?
In this article, you’ll learn how excessive sitting may contribute to the leading causes of stroke.
We’ll also provide some great options for anyone looking to reduce their sitting time.
Can Too Much Sitting Cause a Stroke?
We’ll get straight to the point:
According to an article from StrokeSmart, yes, too much sitting can cause a stroke.
Researchers found that adults who watch more than 4 hours of television a day (meaning they sit for more than four hours) doubled their risk of stroke and had a 52% greater risk of death. Yikes!
Also, a sedentary lifestyle increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease – which are 3 of the leading causes of stroke.
Now let’s look into why excessive sitting is so bad for us.
Why Excess Sitting Increases Risk of Stroke
According to WebMD, sitting for excessively long periods of time causes muscles to burn less fat and blood to move more slowly.
Both of these side effects increase your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, which are both stroke risk factors.
Since a stroke is caused by a clogged or burst artery in the brain, we want to protect our cardiovascular health as best as we can to help prevent stroke.
Now that you know why too much sitting is bad for your health, let’s talk about how to fix it!
Feeling Stuck in Your Chair?
Excess sitting from working an office job can be remedied with short breaks. Try getting up and moving for a couple minutes every hour to break up your excessive sitting time.
If you’re sitting too much because of physical restrictions, there are still ways to get moving. From a seated position, you can still do upper body exercises that will help get your blood pumping.
Those who suffer from muscle weakness after stroke can try some assisted exercises (like water aerobics) that make it easier to move your body.
So take a stand, make a move, do whatever it take to protect your health!
What’s your favorite way to get moving? Leave us a comment below!