Find out why sitting for long hours can be bad for your health as smoking
The Department of Health (DOH) has warned that the effect of sitting two to three hours a day doing nothing is equivalent to smoking a stick of cigarette.
John Richard Lapascua, DOH 6 (Western Visayas) Senior Health Program Officer, on Monday said that sitting for a long period of time causes the lungs to “compress” due to poor posture and the heart rate becomes lower due to lack of physical activity.
It may also cause arteries to clog up due to increase in cholesterol.
These are similar to the ill-effects of smoking that causes the blood vessel to “constrict”, he said in a press conference.
The promotion of physical activity is one of the recommendations for a healthy lifestyle under the Go4Health advocacy program of the DOH as a way to take care of the heart.
“It is essential to practice good health habits and give up harmful ones,” he said.
In 2015, more than 13 million Filipinos were recorded to have high blood pressure.
In Western Visayas, seven out of 10 deaths are caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart attack and stroke.
He urged individuals to visit health centers, check their blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol level.
In addition to physical activity, other recommended practices include avoiding smoking, relaxing, eating healthy foods, avoiding illegal drugs and going slow on alcoholic drinks. (PNA)