Sitting Is The New Smoking

  • 1 October, 2019

How many hours do you sit a day?

Reading, Eating, Relaxing…

Years ago we thought smoking was OK. There are even old commercials with doctors recommending “Camels” It has taken a long time to realize all the dangers in smoking. Never before have we sat for such long periods of time – at work, driving, eating, watching TV, computer, phones, hobbies and just relaxing. Now research is proving all this inactivity is a major cause of sickness, disease and injuries.

Studies show the more you sit the worse your cholesterol panel. Sitting too much also increases heart attack risk, causes back, neck, and shoulder problems. Do any of these things sound like you?

Low energy – Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease

Slower metabolism – weight gain, digestive issues, slower clearing of fat from the blood

Back and spine injuries – Prolonged sitting compresses the spine, discs and muscles. If you are not walking and moving you loose strength, endurance and flexibility

Social life not what it use to be – When you are sitting on the internet, you are not interacting with people. Even Facebook is not the same as actually talking with your friend and can even cause anxiety.

Loneliness or depression – If you are sitting inside, you are not getting the vitamin D from the sun. This is a major contributor to depression.

Chronic pain – Poor circulation, compression on the organs, unable to absorb the minerals/vitamins to repair the body can be caused by too much sitting

So What Can You Do to Change How Long You Sit and How You Are Actually Sitting?

Have someone take a picture of you in your favorite sitting position. Make sure you are not aware so you don’t automatically correct your posture. When you see how your head is forward or your shoulders slumped and spine curled in a “C” shape, put a sign near you that reminds you to have good sitting posture.

Set an alarm on your phone or watch every 30 minutes get up and move around, stretch or Call a friend and go for a walk.

Position your head so you are not leaning forward (your ears need to be over your shoulders).

Use a Stand-Up desk. These even help when you read or on the phone. There are some desks that just sit on your table.

Go to Seated Posture to learn more things you can do to correct your posture.

You can also see a posture expert  to get specific help and assessment to find solutions to your sitting issues. For more information contact  Natural Treatments for the Brain & Body 706-781-4048

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