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Don't Just Sit There!!

Posted by Vicki on 03/06/2018

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   We know sitting too much is bad and most of us intuitively feel a little guilty after a long TV binge. But what exactly goes wrong in our bodies when we park ourselves for nearly eight hours per day, the average for a U.S. adult? Many things, say four experts, who detailed a chain of problems from head to toe.

Here are some of the problems that could arise:

Organ Damage
  • Muscles burn less fat and blood flows more sluggishly during a long sit.
Muscle Degeneration
  • When you stand, move or even sit abdominal muscles keep you upright. But when you slump in a chair, they go unused.
Leg Disorders
  • Sitting for long periods of time slows blood circulation, which causes fluid to pool in the legs.
Trouble At The Top
  • Moving muscles pump fresh blood and oxygen through the brain and trigger the release of all sorts of brain and mood enhancing chemicals.
Bad Back
  • Spines that don't move become inflexible and susceptible to damage in mundane activities, such as when you reach for a coffee cup.

 

So, what can we do? The experts recommend... 

Sitting On Something Wobbly 
  • Such as an exercise ball or even a backless stool to force your core muscles to work.
Stretching The Hip Flexors
  • For three minutes per side once a day.
Walking During Commercials
  • Even a snail like pace of 1 mph would burn twice the calories of sitting.
Alternate Between Sitting And Standing
  • If you can't do this, stand up every half hour or so and walk around.
Trying Yoga Poses
  • The cow and the cat poses to improve extension and flexion in your back. 

 

References:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/apps/g/page/national/the-health-hazards-of-sitting/750/

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