The Consequences of Sitting Too Much
By Sara Butler
The world today is a technologically advanced one. Computers, tablets, smartphones, and televisions rule the world today, and while they’ve helped humans to have access to copious amounts of information, they’ve wreaked havoc on human bodies. It’s not unusual for people to spend half of their day sitting, even if they don’t go home and watch a bunch of television at night. The simple act of commuting to and from work on a daily basis can account for an hour or more of inactivity. Here are some issues you may be facing if you spend too much time sitting, and what your chiropractor thinks you should do about it.
Upper Body Problems
One of the things you may experience after sitting at your desk for a few hours is neck and shoulder pain or stiffness. Even if you don’t experience that type of pain, you’re almost guaranteed to experience it at some point by spending too much time in front of a computer. That’s because people tend to practice poor posture in front of their computers and don’t have their desks set up in an ergonomic way that is kinder to their body.
You should try to keep tabs on your posture as you work at your desk and make sure you have the things you use often within easy reaching distance. Your computer monitor should be at eye level or just below it, and you should have a good office chair that offers support to your back. Also, get up at least once an hour to walk around and stretch a little, it’ll make a big difference.
Low back pain is also an issue associated with a lot of sitting, and the reason behind it is poor posture. Make sure you’re not slumping or slouching when you sit at your desk. Be aware of how your body oriented in your chair and that can make a big difference.
What Else Should You Do?
You need to make changes if you want to avoid problems in the future related to sitting too much. Short but frequent breaks at work will be a big help. Take a look at the way your desk is set up too. These small changes can go quite far in helping you to stay healthy even if you spend a lot of time sitting.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.