Cardio and Chiropractic Offset the Impact of Sitting
By Sandy Schroeder
Most of us are aware of the issue of sitting too much, but sometimes it takes specific changes to keep us healthy.
Add an Hour a Day of Cardio
Researchers are now telling us it takes at least an hour of moderate cardio exercise to balance the negative impacts of sitting most of the day. Thirty minutes of aerobics, 15 minutes of stretching and 15 minutes of walking could make the difference.
Watch How You Sit
They also tell us it makes a difference how we sit.
Prevention.com tells us to avoid rolling the shoulders forward and overstretching the back muscles. Position yourself in your chair with a few steps.
- Keep shoulders back and down
- Tuck chin slightly to keep head level
- Keep feet flat on the floor
- Keep knees lower than the hips
- Avoid craning your neck to avoid straining muscles and ligaments
More Adjustments that Help
Take a look at how you sit.
- Move the computer close to your chair and elevate it to avoid slumping
- In the car, adjust the seat to keep knees slightly lower than hips
- Use a pillow for good back support while working and driving
How Chiropractic Helps
As you figure out ways to offset sitting, your chiropractor may have the best answers for overall health and fitness.
The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you helps people of all ages find solutions for pain, health, wellness and fitness every day.
Stop by to find out why everyone is talking about the benefits of chiropractic. Your chiropractor will explain how spinal health affects overall health. The spine allows us to twist and turn through our daily routines, while the central nervous system governs our brain-to-body communication. When the spine is in perfect working order, everything else just gets easier.
On the Wellness Path
A simple targeted spinal adjustment may ease your aches and pains and help you sleep better, think more clearly, or enjoy more energy. As you evaluate the benefits, you may use weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments to stay at your peak. At the same time, you can work on new activities to offset sitting. Try these for starters.
- Get up 15 minutes earlier and do a brisk walk
- Add 20 minutes of walking to your lunch
- Activate the family room with a bike, treadmill or yoga mat
- Try a new dance class, tai chi session or kick-boxing class
- Keep weekends active with hiking, biking, basketball or soccer
- Try an adjustable work station and alternate between sitting and standing at work
When you are ready to get moving, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Affordable personal healthcare plans eliminate the hassle of insurance. Convenient weekend and evening hours simplify visits. No appointments are needed.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Texas.