Whether we’re watching TV, driving to work or on the computer at our workplace, we’re doing it. The “it” is sitting, and it’s becoming a big problem, according to health experts. We may not consider sitting to be as detrimental to one’s health as puffing on a cigarette but the harmful effects of sitting can wreak havoc on the body just as smoking can.
According to Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Dr. James Levine, the majority of people spend a whopping 10-15 hours a day sitting. From sun up to sun down many activities that are part of our daily routine involve this sedentary action.
Just how bad is sitting?
Dr. Levine explains that a recent analysis suggests, “there are 34 chronic diseases and conditions associated with excess sitting.” Those who sit for prolonged periods of time may be at greater risk of obesity, Type-2 diabetes, heart disease or even cancer.
Time to Turn off the TV
As TV watching is one of the more popular activities we engage in while sitting, it might be time to turn it off. In a study of 8,800 adults, reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, Australian researchers discovered that each hour spent watching TV daily “is associated with an 18% increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease.”
Keep Your Body Moving
You don’t have to succumb to sitting disease. Here are some easy ways to get moving:
- For 10 minutes of every hour get up and move around
- Stretch your legs
- Stand up during meetings or conduct walking meetings
- Walk to see your co-workers instead of emailing them
- Use a standing desk or a treadmill desk
- Always choose the stairs
Consider Chiropractic Care
Because prolonged sitting can cause or worsen back or neck pain and contribute to poor posture, we encourage you to visit us for care. Chiropractic may be just what you need to improve posture and reduce neck and back pains.
We’d also be happy to discuss additional ways to incorporate more movement into your day. Small changes in your daily routine can pay off in the form of better health!
How can you be sure you’re not part of the 18%?