Are you sitting too much? I thought this would be a good post to revisit since I have been spending too much time in a seated position myself lately. My grad school courses are four hours long! I am kind of grumpy on days when I have these long classes and 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 the sitting epidemic affects us.
After about just twenty minutes of sitting, 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 negatively 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 can you change that?
What can we do to be less sedentary? There are some ideas listed below in the image and I like to turn off technology an get outside but fall to the temptation that the internet and television offer at times. In addition to these suggestions, you could try a desk cycle, a standing desk, or a treadmill desk.
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.
To read more about how sitting too much affects you, visit this page: http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/too-much-sitting-linked-to-an-early-death-201401297004