Continued sitting is not good for us
Movement is much better for us. When we sit we do not contract our muscles. Therefore our muscles get no exercise. When our muscles get no exercise we become weak.
When our muscles contract it helps our body to clear the blood sugar and fats.
If we eat a meal that is high in calories it raises our blood sugar levels.
Researchers have found that when we sit for long periods our blood sugar stays high for hours.
High Blood Sugar Levels Bring on Inflammation
High glucose levels, that is, high blood sugar, can lead to inflammation.
When this happens continuously it can lead to inflammation in the body. Inflammation in the body can lead to all sorts of major illnesses, for example, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and cancer.
How to Lower our Blood Sugar
For people who sit a lot, a simple way to lower our blood sugar is to get up and walk for two minutes every twenty minutes. A slow walk will do. It does not have to be a fast walk.
Just walking around the office, to the toilet, or a short walk in the open air -
whatever suits your circumstances - will help your muscles to contract, so
lowering your blood sugar by up to 30 per cent.
Who is at risk of Inflammation?
People at risk of inflammation in their body are not just unhealthy people. Children sit in classrooms all day. Many people sit at desks all day, drive cars and trucks all day or are passengers in cars, trucks, trains and buses.
Not many of us even do a lot of walking these days. We all try to make things easier on our body. We would be much healthier is we parked our car a little further away from where we are going, and walked a bit further and more often throughout the day.
The Elderly and Inflammation
It is a normal sight to see elderly people in nursing homes just sitting around. Now I know many of them just cannot get up and walk. However for the ones who are able to, they should be encouraged to go for a little walk every half an hour or so. It strengthens their muscles and gets their blood moving, so stopping inflammation from increasing.
Exercise in the Evening
Day time is not the only time we are seated for hours. Today it is normal for people to park themselves in front of the telly for hours on end each evening. With remote controls, switching channels is an easy movement of the thumb. Gone are the days when we had to get up and walk to the telly to change the channels or the volume. Who even remembers that we used to do it?
So, in the evening, when you are resting or on the computer or studying, get up every twenty minutes and do a little movement. Bring your exercise bike into the room where you watch the telly. Ride it for two minutes every twenty minutes.
Put the alarm of your mobile phone for every twenty minutes to remind you. Use technology not only to keep us seated but also to get us moving.
I am a trained Natural Therapist, Teacher, published Author and Artist who lives on the south eastern coast of Australia.
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