Sitting too much is bad for you because it destroys our bones and muscles. When we sit all day, there are certain muscles that work overtime and others that fall asleep. Here are a few other things to keep in mind as to why sitting is bad for us.
Our bodies were not designed to sit for long periods of time, especially in a chair. When this occurs, bad posture creeps in which leads to a lot of potential aches and pains such as low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, neck pain, shallowed breathing, etc. When we sit for long periods of time, our butt muscles go to sleep and our hips work too much. Being in this position over and over again everyday, leads to all of the things I listed above.
Also, since muscles attach to our skeleton via tendons and bones connect to other bones via ligaments, our skeletal system takes a beating too and adapts to the position it is always in (this is sometimes why we see people with hunched over backs and well rounded shoulders).
If you study other countries, you will find that their sitting is actually squatting and they can squat for very long periods of time. Sitting on the exercise ball can be a great alternative to siting in a chair if done properly. A person using a ball to counteract the effects of sitting in a chair, must make sure that they do not slouch and that the ball is the right size for their height.
I would recommend the following for counteracting sitting too much:
- Stand of often as possible.
- Use a standing desk.
- Sit on an exercise ball.
- Stretch at work.
- Set a noised alarm on your desktop or cell phone as a reminder to get up every hour.
In conclusion, yes, sitting too much is bad for you and can be as bad as smoking or eating unhealthy foods. However, just like you can stop smoking and eat healthier foods, you can improve your sitting throughout the day. If you would like with developing a game plan to get you out of the chair, contact us today!