Wonders of Potash Alum!
- 6 Months ago
With extensive advances in technology, our lifestyles are changing immensely. As a result, we're spending more and more time sitting down at home, at work, and while travelling. For instance, think about your daily routine, you wake up in the morning, you sit down to have breakfast, you sit down in your car or on your motorbike on your way to work, you sit down at work through the day, then you drive home, eat dinner sitting down and then you sit on the couch to watch television or surf the internet. That is a lot of sitting down indeed! Researchers suggest that not only do we all need to get more daily exercise, but we also need to spend less of our time sitting down. This applies to the more than 15 hours of waking time not spent exercising. The average adult spends more than 90% of their leisure time just sitting down; we should henceforth focus on trying to take more opportunities to stand up or move around during our daily activities especially when we eat, during short breaks at work or when we watch television. So, why is sitting down a problem? Prolonged sitting can be harmful to your health because of the lack of muscle contractions and subsequent body movement. Muscle contractions are necessary, they help to stimulate blood flow and remove toxins from the body. Research shows that time spent sitting can lead to several health issues. • Unhealthy blood sugar or type-2 diabetes • A greater chance of developing heart disease • Being overweight or obese & unhealthy cholesterol levels • Colon cancer & breast cancer (American Institute of Cancer Research, Washington D.C, 2011) • Nearly 50% increased risk of death from any cause. Research also suggests that no matter what your total sitting time is, regular interruptions from sitting such as even just standing may help reduce your risk of developing disease. Even if you are physically active, you can further increase your health benefits by sitting less during the day. Sit less, move more! Try adding these simple activities to your day: • Regularly change posture • Stand up at least every 30 minutes or whenever you can • Stretch, move your arms and legs • Walk around • Stand up to use the phone • Think about using your feet first and walk to see your colleagues than texting or emailing Note that the muscle activity required for standing and other movements trigger important processes related to the breakdown of fats and sugars within the body. So when you sit, these processes cease, and your health risks increase. Whereas, when you're standing or actively moving, you then kick the processes back into action! Therefore, try staying as active as possible and get off your chair more often!