Are you sitting too much? If so, you could be at risk for a sitting disease.
As I finish my day sitting at the computer again, I thought this would be a good post to revisit.
Essentially, I have put on some weight since going back to work and school. I haven’t changed my diet much so I started to wonder why the sudden increase of fat around my middle?
Well, possibly it’s my age? Nah! I know plenty of women in their 50’s who are still lean and slim.
Then it hit me, I realized I’ve been spending too much time in a seated position lately.
My last job was as a chiropractic assistant and health coach. I was on my feet walking around that office for four hours at a time. The rest of the day was at home and I was walking the dog, cleaning, or shopping-basically, I was moving pretty much all day.
As you could probably have guessed by now, I sit a lot at my current job.
Have you ever had to work a sitting job and then attend a grad school course in the evening? These classes are legit four hours long!
Needless to say, I am kind of grumpy on days when I have these long classes.
My family laughs because I come home every Tuesday night a different person (and that lady isn’t very pleasant).
Most of the professors have us sitting way too long before calling a break. I wondered why I felt like this and wanted to learn how sitting disease affects us.
After I’ve been sitting for just about just twenty minutes, my lower back starts to ache, then between my shoulder blades begins to burn.
I start fidgeting like a little kid. Under the desk or table, I am doing ankle pumps as I can also feel the circulation being slowed to my lower extremities. And I pay for this torture?
When we sit too long, it affects us in the following ways:
Postural muscles tighten and cause aches and pains
Sedentary lifestyles increase risk for diabetes and obesity
Sitting too much can increase your chances of cardiovascular disease
If you’re like me, sitting too long makes you grumpy
Are you sitting too much? How to Prevent Sitting Disease:
Well, I like to turn off technology and get outside but fall to the temptation that the internet and television offer at times.
Movement is so important! Regular exercise not only helps to counteract the physical effects of a sedentary lifestyle, it releases endorphins to counteract the grumpies.
Move more; your family and your body will thank you.
If you want to lose some fat, try some HIIT (high intensity interval training). It can be so much fun!
To read more about how sitting too much affects your risk for developing a sitting disease, visit this page
What can we do to be less sedentary? There are some ideas listed below in the Sitting Epidemic Image below.