Sitting can harm you: study

 studyYour work might harm you, especially if it is a desk job. Experts have stated that sitting for long hours is deadly.

This is for everyone, even for those who exercise regularly. What matters is sitting, it does not matter where you are sitting, school, college, office, watching television or working infront of a computer.

Research is in initial stages but studies state that more hours of sitting could make you fat, you might experience a heart attack or even die.

Elin Ekblom-Bak of the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences in an editorial published this week in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, suggested that authorities have to work their minds on how they define physical activity to highlight the dangers of sitting.

"After four hours of sitting, the body starts to send harmful signals," Ekblom-Bak said further adding that genes in the body that regulate the amount of glucose and fat start to shut down.

Spending more time in sitting could prove harmful for those also who exercise regularly.

Tim Armstrong, a physical activity expert at the World Health Organisation, said, "People who exercise every day but still spend a lot of time sitting may get more benefit if that exercise were spread across the day, rather than in a single bout."

Americans spend most of their time sitting whether in car, working or watching television, figures from a US survey in 2003-04 stated.

Experts however said that more needed to be done to figure out how many hours of sitting actually prove harmful.