Sitting is the New Smoking: The Harmful Effects of Sitting Down

Modern society has been engineered for sitting with more and more people spending time off their feet than ever before.

The thought of sitting as being something that is harmful, at first seems ridiculous.

Sitting is second nature, our default body posture if you will and when people work, socialise, study or travel - they sit.

However, that doesn’t mean sitting is harmless. It’s like eating — necessary, yet incredibly harmful if you do too much of it.

Just like your legs and glutes, your hips and back will not support you as well if you sit for long periods. Sitting causes your hip flexor muscles to shorten, which can lead to problems with your hip joints.

Sitting for long periods can also cause problems with your back, especially if you consistently sit with poor posture or don’t use an ergonomically designed chair or workstation.

Book a Full Assessment today for $45! Click here.

Poor posture may also cause poor spine health such as compression in the discs in your spine, leading to premature degeneration, which can be very painful.

Here are some ways that you can save your health from the dangers of prolonged sitting.

Build more activity into your day

Some ways you can incorporate activity into your day are:

  • Walk or cycle, and leave the car at home.
  • For longer trips, walk or cycle part of the way.
  • Use the stairs instead of the lift or escalator, or at least walk up the escalator.
  • Get off the bus one stop early and walk the rest of the way.
  • Park further away from wherever you’re going and walk the rest of the way.
  • Calculate how long it takes you to walk one kilometre – you may find you can reach your destination faster by walking than if you wait for public transport.

Book a Full Assessment today for $45! Click here.

Be active at work

You can move around at work more than you think:

  • Take the stairs instead of the lift.
  • Walk over and talk to your colleagues instead of emailing them.
  • Take your lunch break away from your desk and enjoy a short walk outside if you can.
  • Organise walking meetings.

Be active indoors

Don’t let bad weather stop you from being active! You can do body weight exercises such as squats, sit-ups, and lunges.

You can also try indoor activities such as:

  • dancing
  • swimming at an indoor pool
  • yoga
  • pilates
  • martial arts
  • squash
  • indoor rock climbing.

Most importantly, book a chiropractic appointment and allow a professional to asses your health. 

Book a Full Assessment today for $45! Click here.