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Why Sitting Too Much Is Dangerous

Posted Jul 25 2012 2:00am

How much do you sit every day at your job, or home watching TV, or at the computer (that’s my most often place to sit.)

SITTING IS KILLING US

Around 80% of Americans will experience chronic pain in their lifetime
as a result of too much sitting. Desk work is putting a huge
mental and physical stress on our bodies.

Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., a health psychologist at Stanford University and a leading expert in neck and back pain explains, “When you sit, you distort the natural curve of the spine, which means your back muscles have to do something to hold your back in shape because you’re no longer using the natural curves of the spine to lift yourself up against gravity.”

Bad posture makes the sitting disease even worse. Slipped discs is a direct result.

New York City chiropractor Dr. Jan Lefkowitz  says, “When the posture breaks down, it causes a lot of spinal problems. If you are sitting down with bad posture and you’re slouching, you can only handle 20 minutes of that before it deforms your ligaments.”

GENERAL TIPS FOR CHANGE

  1. Stand at least every hour at your desk.
  2. Do simple stretches throughout the day such as placing your hands on your lower back and stretching backwards.
  3. Get moving! Make conference calls on your feet or suggest a moving meeting — walk up and down the hall.
  4. When seated, make sure you maintain good posture with your butt all the way back to the chair, feet flat on the floor, head straight and with lower back naturally arched inward.

Can you change your desk set up? Can you stand and work at your desk even part of the time?

I’ll add another… stand to answer all phone calls. You actually are more verbally focused and powerful when standing talking on the phone too.

Get creative!

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