“We must use time as a tool not as a couch - John F Kennedy”
After a long tiring day at work, doesn't heading back to the den and laying in the couch for as long as you can seem like the perfect option? While most of you spend your time on the couch, even on days when you don’t do anything at all and possibly even doze off there, you aren't aware of the health hazards that this soft comfortable piece of furniture could lead to.
There are a huge number of lethal flame-retardant chemicals in your couch. These toxins have been associated with different forms of cancer, disrupted hormones cycles and impaired learning abilities. Sadly, most of these chemicals are hard to trace and the furniture doesn't really come with a health hazard warning.Yes, this heavenly comfort comes at a deadly price, apart from making you a couch potato and a lethargic junk-eating organism.
A recently conducted study shows that people who are sedentary in nature and spend their times sitting on couches or driving long distances and sitting at work had 35% higher chance of blood pressure problems and were twice as likely to encounter cardiovascular (Heart, for those of you who don’t know what cardiovascular means) problems and more likely to get a stroke.
People who spent more than 23-25 hours a week in such sedentary activities were 50% such people were more likely to die of any cause. Sofas and seats are the new cigarettes! Children who were found to watch 2-5 hours of television had higher blood pressure readings than usual kids, even if they weren't hit by obesity.
Speaking of obesity, here’s a line for you – ‘‘your body is a baggage you must carry through life. The more excess the baggage, the shorter the trip." Sitting on the couch and eating a burger or a pizza is only adding to that baggage and pushing the obesity levels. People who cut their TV time to half, burnt more calories throughout the day than the lazy bums who didn't. No surprise there!
‘Extended sitting may lead to high levels of low-grade inflammation which in turn leads to heart conditions’, according to Emmanuel Stamatakis, of the department of epidemiology and public health at University College London.
Another mechanism that has been shown to be possible through animal studies is the slowdown of lipid metabolism due to the reduced activity of lipoprotein lipase, which is an important enzyme. Long duration of inactivity increase the amount of fats in the blood and may lead to heart issues in the future. And no, hitting the gym for an hour a day does not compensate!
These long levels of inactivity need to come to a halt. Regular breaks must be taken between resting periods and lazing periods. Take a walk around the house. Stay active, for your own sake and that of your loved ones!