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Stiff Joints? Here's What You're Doing Wrong

By Stepy Kamei

Having stiff joints is no fun. It can prevent you from getting your work done and being productive, not to mention trying to stay active and fit. It turns out that stiff joints are a very common health ailment, and it can often be linked at least in part to one particular bad habit: sitting.

When it comes to conversations about improving health, one criticism you may have been hearing about is sitting for too long. After all, doctors and healthcare experts have come to the conclusion that we're living largely sedentary lives. Still, what's the harm in sitting down to relax in front of the television at the end of a long, stressful day? Well, it ultimately comes down to just how much time you spend sitting every day. It all starts to add up in ways you might not expect.

The Surprising Dangers of Sitting too Long

The results from numerous studies are in, and they're staggering. Research shows that people who sit excessively for long stretches of time tend to have a much higher risk of dying early, often due to the increased chances of developing health ailments such as heart disease, obesity, and stroke. It may sound over the top and dramatic, but the connection is definitely there.

At its core, the body is designed to be active and move. Physical activity is known to increase blood circulation and reduce inflammation throughout the body. This can have a positive cascading effect on other aspects of your health and wellness. For instance, people who are more physically active throughout the day tend to experience fewer aches and pains, less joint stiffness, weight loss, increased focus and productivity, and a decrease in the likelihood of developing conditions such as depression, insomnia, poor digestive health, obesity, and even heart disease.

So now that you're aware of the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, what can you do about it? It all comes down to making smart choices for your health by implementing positive habits into your daily routine. Choosing to take the stairs instead of an elevator, biking to work instead of driving, or going for a walk outside during your lunch break are all excellent and easy ways to break up long chunks of time spent sitting down -- even if you work in an office.

Chiropractic Can Help!

In addition to the everyday changes you can make, it may also benefit you to start seeing a doctor of chiropractic on a regular basis. Chiropractic care works to improve blood flow and central nervous system function, while also treating joint stiffness. This is done by removing restrictions which may be causing limits to your movement. Chiropractic has also been shown to reduce levels of inflammation surrounding the joints, which is a common problem when it comes to joint stiffness.

Stick to healthy habits, such as chiropractic care, and you could soon see a world of difference in the way your body feels!

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Renton, Wash. 

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