Sitting all day long is really bad for your health! In fact as studies show, it is down right dangerous. If you were thinking "no problem, I exercise every day. That should take care of it." unfortunately, I regret to inform you that is just not enough!
It should come as no surprise that sitting around and not moving all day is really hard on your body. However, you may not be aware of how many problems are associated with a sedentary lifestyle. Unfortunately as you'll read, simply adding in exercise after sitting all day long does not counter the ill effects to your posture and overall health.
Whether you choose to sit all day or are required to due to your job, you may want to re-evaluate your need for investing in corrective exercise after you learn just what health effects sitting can have on the body.
In the article 14 Proven Side Effects of Sitting All Day, if you have to sit all day long for your job or by choice, you are at risk for the following:
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Increased Risk of Heart Disease
- Risk of Diabetes
- Raised Cholesterol
- Herniated Disk
- Poor Posture
- Knee Pain
- Muscle Weakness
- Increased Risk of Depression
- Slowed Metabolism
- Neck Problems
- Back Aches and Pain
- Shorter Life Span
I can personally guarantee you that a person with postural imbalances which are exacerbated by sitting all day long will just take those imbalances into movement and further strengthen the compensation and dysfunctional motor patterns. The absence of pain, does not equal the presence of a balanced body.
It is well documented that regular exercise does not counteract the negative effects of sitting.
- New studies show that once a day exercise, even for an hour, isn't enough to make up for sitting all day at work.
- Worse news. Those who work out and sit all day are just as likely to develop heart disease as those who don't work out and sit all day
USA Today recently published an article called Get off that deadly chair: Sitting too long raises fatality risk: They state:
"Scientists are increasingly warning that sitting for prolonged periods — even if you also exercise regularly — could be bad for your health. And it doesn't matter where the sitting takes place — at the office, at school, in the car or before a computer or TV — just the overall number of hours it occurs.
Research is preliminary, but several studies suggest people who spend most of their days sitting are more likely to be fat, have a heart attack or even die."
To successfully counteract the musculoskeletal and systemic imbalances that occur from prolonged sitting, much more is required other than just exercising.
In my opinion, I believe that there are two primary things you must do too Successfuly Correct the Proven Side Effects of Sitting All Day.
3 Simple Ways to Correct the Proven Side Effects of Sitting All Day
- Start by identifying your postural imbalances | If you don't perceive that your posture is out of balance, you have to correct what you are unaware of first. Begin with our Free At Home Posture Assessment Guide. Then if you feel you can benefit from professional help, fire the professional services of a Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist who can identifiy, address and correct the postural imbalances and dysfunctions within your posture with a properly sequenced corrective exercise programming sequence.
- Start a Corrective Exercise Program | Begin a regular corrective exercise program of posture alignment therapy, Pilates, yoga, or other mind body exercise in ADDITION to your regular fitness exercise you do for cardiovascular and muscular strength/endurance. To start the process of counteracting the dangers from prolonged sitting, you can take advantage of our FREE Download of easy to do corrective exercises (Office Menu & Office Exercises) you can do at your Desk Station. They will help improve your posture, decrease pain and introduce you to the benefits of corrective exercise programming.
- Look for opportunities to Move More and Sit Less | Purpose to engage in opportunities for extended activity using a body that is balanced and functional by parking further away, taking the stairs, inquiring about a stand up/walking desk station, scheduling walking meetings, etc.
If you download the exercises, please let us know if you have questions, need help, or how they go for you and what you noticed. And as always if you think you will benefit from private coaching and instruction, contact us to make an appointment to have your posture analyzed and a corrective exercise menu made for your unique postural needs.
Remember, we're in this together, and I am here to help!
Posted on Mon, September 12, 2011
by Deb Preachuk filed under