The Effects of Sitting Too Much

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With technology getting better these days, people seem to sit more and more. With smart phones and tablets taking such a big part of everyday life, many of the activities that used to be physical are now made without having to move much at all. It is not unusual for today’s adults to have more sitting activities than those that require moving. But we all know that too much of something is not good.

Many people will say that they will have no choice but to sit and work at a desk. This may be true, but excessive sitting is rough on your back and it’s also bad for your overall health. Chiropractors that usually deal with back pain and back related issues blame them to too much sitting. Even if your chair feels very comfortable, it is still bad to have prolonged static posture. Too much sitting will also flatten your butt and tighten the muscles in your hamstrings and hips. These will eventually leave your prone to injury during exercise or strenuous activities. Excessive sitting promotes serious health issues such as diabetes, heart diseases and gaining of weight.

The reason why sitting excessively is hazardous to your spine is because you are putting stress on your spine twice compared to when you are standing. If you’re the type to hunch forward slightly in your chair, the problem gets even worse. Hunching forward removes the natural curve at the bottom of the spine. If you have a sedentary job, you can make a few adjustments to your daily routine to help protect your back from serious ailments associated with excessive sitting.
Try your best not to slouch forward. You must sit straight to maintain the natural arch in the lower back. Another tip is to stand up and out of your chair at least once every 30 minutes. Walk around your work area and stand or you can do light stretches. If you have access to a standing desk use it for a portion of each day. Take short breaks and move around so your muscles and ligaments stay loose and flexible.

The impact of moving around can be profound because you’ll burn more calories. This will lead to weight loss and increased energy. The muscle activity needed for standing and other movement seems to trigger important processes related to the breakdown of fats and sugars within the body. If you have a sore back from too much sitting a visit an expert chiropractor that will help get things back in balance and remove your pain. Contact Dr. Christian Farthing at The Bodywell Group today for help.

Unsure if you have good posture? Talk to your chiropractor or schedule an appointment for a spinal examination. Make an appointment with Dr Christian Farthing by visiting his official website here. Read Dr Christian Farthing reviews in FreeIndex here and connect with Dr Christian Farthing on his Facebook page to learn more about Spinal health.

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