Are You Sitting On a Time Bomb?
By Sandy Schroeder
Too much sitting has begun to raise questions for many of us. I sat for years, working long hours and barely moving. Then I went home and sat some more. I got by with that behavior for years, but then it snapped back with lower back and hip pain that refused to let go.
I used yoga, tai chi and a lot more daily movement to rally, but I wish someone would have warned me years ago. If you work in front of a computer, it's easy to ignore the warning signs until they bite you.
Ask yourself if your back aches every day. See if your hips or knees are stiff at the end of the day. If you see the symptoms, take action now.
What Happens When You Sit Too Much
Take a look at what can happen.
Disease risk soars - Researchers say too much sitting raises the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, deep vein thrombosis, metabolic syndrome and impaired mobility.
Pain impacts walking - When the hip flexors tighten and hamstring muscles and joints stiffen, you may find it hard to get around. When walking becomes difficult, falls often follow.
Take Action Now
You can turn the problem around if you start moving more every day. You may still be sitting a lot to do your job, but you can keep moving too with these tips from Harvard Health.
- Take phone calls standing up
- Try an adjustable standing desk to alternate standing and sitting
- Set a timer to do 5 to 10 minute walking breaks
- Learn some office exercises to do planks, one-legged stands and other stretches at your desk
- Readjust your schedule to mix walking meetings and other outside tasks with your desk work
- Use a stability ball for sitting at home
- Add a treadmill or stationary bike to your family room
Wherever you are with lower back, hip, and knee joint pain, start moving now to outdistance the whole issue.
How Your Chiropractor Can Help
If you are concerned about your mobility, see your local chiropractor now. The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you provides licensed chiropractors who help people find solution for these issues every day.
When you come in, your chiropractor will explain how a healthy spine can make all of the difference. Gentle targeted spinal adjustments may provide far-reaching pain relief to maintain mobility. As you evaluate the benefits, you may want to use weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments to relieve pain and start moving more.
Your chiropractor can be your fitness coach, helping you find the right exercises and monitoring your progress. When you are ready, stop in at the Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Clinics are open weekends and evenings. No appointments are needed. Affordable personal healthcare plans eliminate the hassle of insurance. See you there.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Atlanta, Ga.