Health experts consider the habit of sitting for long hours to be harmful for overall health in many ways. This habit of increasing physical inactivity not only causes weight gain, but it has also been shown to have a negative effect on blood pressure. This is the reason why experts advise all people, especially those working in the office, to get up from the seat once in a while and walk.
Log sitting can have many side effects, in a recent study researchers have cautioned people about its effects on mental health.
Scientists found that the habit of sitting continuously for 7-8 hours can weaken the brain’s ability to store new things over time, it can also affect memory. People who sit for long periods of time have been found to be victims of week memory. Researchers say, the habit of working long hours in the office has become quite common, all people need to be careful about its side effects.
Let us know in detail about this study.
effect of long sitting on brain
Scientists at the Semal Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior conducted a study to find out how long sitting affects the body and brain. For this, 35 participants aged 45-75 were included. These people were asked about their physical activity and how many hours a day they sat.
To find out what kind of effect such a habit has on the brain, the participants were subjected to MRI scans. Scientists came to know many shocking things in the analysis done at many levels.
What did the study find?
Study report published in PlusOne Journal According to the study, the part of the brain (temporal lobe) of people who sit for a long time can be affected over time. The condition can affect brain function in middle-aged and older people as well as increase the risk of dementia. Dementia is a condition resulting from changes in the structure of the brain that can affect memory, thinking, and emotion.
A person who sits for 8 hours a day may have a 10 percent thinner part of the brain (temporal lobe) than someone who sits for 4-5 hours, the researchers said in the analysis. The temporal lobe is the part of the brain that is responsible for memories and sounds.
Prabha Siddhartha, the lead author of the study, explains, “We have found that even if you exercise and have a habit of sitting for long periods of time, you can also be a victim of such side effects.
If you have to work in the office for 8 hours a day, then try to work longer instead of sitting. This helps in maintaining better blood circulation and other physical side effects can also be reduced along with the brain. Make it a habit to get up from the seat and walk every now and then. A standing working station may be a better option.
Sources and References
Sedentary behavior associated with reduced medial temporal lobe thickness in middle-aged and older adults
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