Of all the ways you can mistreat your body, is sitting for long periods of time really that bad? As awareness about the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle increases, it looks like sitting too much is something of a bad habit. And for the most part, sitting for 8 hours may be as bad as smoking or eating junk food on the regular. Resting on your behind too much may cause all sorts of health complications, as strange as that may sound.
Some major medical institutions are all against that sitting life, too. In fact, sitting for an excessive amount of time each day is associated with health conditions such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and irregular cholesterol levels, according to the Mayo Clinic. Excessive sitting may even be connected to a higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease or cancer, as further explained by the Mayo Clinic. Although more research is still needed to fully understand the effects of the sitting habit, the initial findings are pretty concerning.
To learn more about the ways sitting can damage the body, Romper spoke with a variety of healthcare workers. Here's what a group of physicians, chiropractors, and personal trainers had to say about sitting.