Excessive Sitting is Bad for Your Health

Have you heard that sitting is the new smoking? While that catchphrase is not entirely accurate, sitting is still pretty bad. Smoking increases your risk of premature death at a higher rate than excessive sitting. 

But, prolonged sitting still has a host of unhealthy consequences – and is much more widespread than smoking. Smoking rates have steadily gone down the last few decades. Up to 86% of American workers sit all day long

Most of us know how important regular exercise is for our health. The CDC recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per week. But most people don’t know that exercise is not enough. We also need to sit less and stand and move more. 

Why is sitting so bad?

Sitting may seem like an innocuous activity, but research has shown that that is not the case. Humans are built to stand up, yet our society dictates that we sit down. We sit during our workday. We sit during our leisure time, and we sit throughout our meals. That’s a lot of sitting.

Studies show that excessive sitting leads to a host of health issues. One study found that sitting was associated with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some cancers, and even early death. Another study concluded that sitting was closely linked to weight gain and obesity

Furthermore, sitting for long periods can lead to weak leg and gluteal muscles, shortened hip flexor muscles, and back and neck problems if you sit with poor posture. Poor sitting posture can also lead to spinal disc compression, which can be painful. 

How not to sit all day

It may seem simple to just say, “Don’t sit all day.” But it does take effort to stand up regularly, stretch your legs, or go for a walk as often as you should. Here’s some advice to help you get out of your chair regularly. 

For chronic pain that doesn’t respond to increased daily activity, you should make an appointment with Dr. Joseph Kielur. He can help reduce your pain with a variety of chiropractic treatment options, including spinal decompression, spinal adjustments, and DRS ™ Protocols.

If you have back, shoulder, neck, or leg pain or problems because your job requires you to be sedentary for most of the day, call Mass Ave Chiropractic located in Indianapolis, Indiana, to make an appointment with chiropractic and spinal decompression specialist Joseph Kielur, D.C. You can also make an appointment online through this website.

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