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July 11, 2016

 

"Inactivity weakens the system. God made men and women to be active and useful. Nothing can increase the strength of the young like proper exercise of all the muscles in useful labor. " {CG 340.1} God said it first, but let's entertain for just a while, the "discoveries" of science and man.

 

 

A recent study revealed that sitting or being inactive for a period of three consecutive hours can damage your blood vessels. Not only does consecutive, prolonged hours of sitting  damage your blood vessels but it  also affects your,

 

Heart: Blood flow is slower and the muscles burn less fat when sitting/inactive thus making it easier to clog the arteries and the heart with fatty acids and increasing the risk of developing heart disease.

 

Pancreas: Insulin production is increased by just one day of prolonged sitting, leading to diabetes.

 

Colon: Excess sitting may increase your risk of colon, breast, and endometrial cancers. Increases Lung Cancer by 54%, Uterine Cancer by 68%, Colon Cancer by 30%. "Another reason for this increased cancer risk is thought to be linked to weight gain and associated biochemical changes, such as alterations in hormones, metabolic dysfunction, leptin dysfunction, and inflammation — all of which promote cancer." (Mercola, 2015)

 

Back Problems: Sitting puts more pressure on your spine than standing, and the toll on your back health is even worse if you're sitting hunched in front of a computer. It's estimated that 40 percent of people with back pain have spend long hours at their computer each day.

The disks in your back are meant to expand and contract as you move, which allows them to absorb blood and nutrients. When you sit, the disks are compressed and can lose flexibility over time. Sitting excessively also increase your risk of herniated disks.

 

Neck  & Shoulders: It's common to hold your neck and head forward while working at a computer or cradling a phone to your ear. This can lead to strains to your cervical vertebrae along with permanent imbalances, which can lead to neck strain, sore shoulders, and back.

Hips: Your hips also suffer from prolonged sitting, becoming tight and limited in range of motion because they are rarely extended. In the elderly, decreased hip mobility is a leading cause of falls.

 

Legs

  • Varicose Veins: Sitting leads to poor circulation in your legs, which can cause swelling in your ankles, varicose veins, and blood clots known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

  • Weak Bones:  Walking and engaging in non-sedentary activities lead to stronger, denser bones. Lack of activity may cause weak bones and even osteoporosis.

 

Unfortunately, many of our jobs require us to sit for extended periods of time, however there are ways to still move while working. Stretching and even considering a standing desk. Standing desks are a really good alternative to traditional desk, an option that I personally will be looking into.  Standing keeps you moving as you balance weight shifting from leg to leg.

 

Exercise does not have to be prolonged, exhausting or strenuous but enough to produce circulation and allow all of the organs to get their due amount of blood supply and nutrients. We all know that anything left un-worked atrophies. As it is in the spiritual, so it is in the physical. This does not only apply to physical exercise but also to spiritual exercise.

 

"By faith, living faith, the victory will be gained. In this work there should be no indolence indulged in, for God calls upon men for the exercise of every power, that he may work with their efforts. Man can never be saved himself, or be an instrument for the salvation of others, until he exercises living faith, and with determined effort acts his part in the work of God. He must take hold upon the strength of Christ, which will subdue every unholy passion, and enable him to conquer self. God has given to his people the light of great and solemn truths. He has opened to their understanding the mysteries of salvation; and if these truths are not improved, the favor of God will be withdrawn."  {RH, February 25, 1890 par. 9} 

 

 

 

 

Mercola, D. (2015, October 16). Excessive Sitting Can Damage Your Blood Vessels. Retrieved July 10, 2016, from http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2015/10/16/excessive-sitting-    damages-blood-vessels.aspx?utm_source=twitter.com

 

White, A. L. (1981). Ellen G. White. Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Pub. Association.

 

White, E. G. (1954). Child guidance. Nashville: Southern Pub. Association.

 

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