Sitting for prolonged periods of time can lead to sore muscles, a bad back and even death. Now, a new study has also discovered that too much sitting can negatively impact your brain.
According to a team of researchers from UCLA and the University of Adelaide, our brains can become “thin” when we sit for too long. In this study, they surveyed 25 women and 10 men between the ages of 45 to 75 years old to determine how many hours on average they spend sitting. They also underwent an MRI. Researchers found that those who sit for a prolonged period of time and participate in little to no physical activity throughout the day have a thinner medial temporal lobe.
A thinner medial temporal lobe can cause Alzheimer’s Disease. The more you sit, the higher the likelihood you will lose your memory.
The medial temporal lobe already thins as we age, which is why it is essential to remain active, exercise, and stretch on a regular basis. So, get up and move. Take breaks during the work day. Park your car a little further away and walk to work. Do what you can to enure a healthy brain, and in turn, a health you.