Sitting for long periods of time is associated with poor: blood circulation, muscle mass, bone density, glucose metabolism (breaking down sugar), triglyceride levels (fat), cholesterol, insulin sensitivity, and much much more. It’s been shown that even if you have heart disease, diabetes, and are obese, you can still protect yourself from some scary statistics if you sit for less periods of time and get enough physical activity on a daily basis.
To make things worse, the posture in which many people sit is not always the best. It’s just natural that after an hour or more of sitting, the muscles that hold you up in good posture slowly fatigue. So you end up slumping. For a visual, imagine the posture of a teenage boy playing 10 hours of video games. That sounds about right too, huh?
This poor posture during prolonged periods of sitting causes a lot of trouble to many people. Some come to me with neck, back, or tailbone pain. Still others come to me with nerve pain or serious headaches. They may find that their chest is feeling tight, they have trouble with bowel movements, and they feel bloated and stiff.
If you work at a desk job and sit for long periods, this is what I want you to do.
Choose 1 or 2 suggestions to begin with and gradually build this into your daily routine at work. Make sticky notes on your monitor or add reminders to your phone to help you stay on track.
The biggest excuse I hear for not doing the above suggestions is, “I’m too busy at work to think about this.” I get that. But even implementing 2 of these strategies will take you less than 2 minutes during your day and can still yield great health benefits. I say try it for yourself and see what it does for you.