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The Real Reason Why Sitting Is Bad For Your Back


It certainly seems to make all the sense in the world that, if you are experiencing any sort of aches, pain, or discomfort in your back, the best thing to do would be to either sit or lie down for long periods of time in order to keep the pain from getting any worse. After all, the importance of getting plenty of rest and relaxation when dealing with an injury or any sort of discomfort can't be underestimated, right? Well, as it turns out, there is such a thing as too much rest and sedentary time.

As contradictory as it may sound, it is very crucial for the back to get plenty of movement and even light exercise, despite however much pain or discomfort is currently affecting the area. In fact, pain in the back is actually a warning sign that a person should be more active in their everyday lives. As I learned from a surprising yet very informative article post by How Stuff Works, here are the reasons why sitting and lying down in excess can be so bad for the health of your back - and what you can do to prevent these issues from ever occurring in the first place. 

In order to truly and fully understand the reason why the body needs regular movement and only occasional rest in order to function to the best of its ability, it really is best to think of the human body as if it were a door. When a door is moved often enough by being opened and closed on a regular basis, it functions properly. However, when a door is left closed or even ajar for extended periods of time, it will begin to rust and deteriorate to the point where it may start to creak and get stuck in certain positions. So too will the back become more rigid and inflammed if it does not get exercised often enough. 

Of course, this does not mean that you should get to lifting heavy weights immediately. Even something as simple and easy as a daily fifteen minute walk can be enough to loosen up the muscles in your back so that they refrain from becoming too rigid or tight. If you have chronic back pain, walking is still generally considered a safe and effective exercise regimen to undertake. You can also take up cycling and swimming, and of course receiving regular chiropractic care and adjustments will do wonders for keeping your back healthy and strong. 

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