Get up! Chances are you are sitting down right now, or you were sitting down on your way to work, or at work, or when you got home from work. That’s a lot of sitting. While relaxing may important for your overall health, which does not mean sitting while doing that. Your back may be paying the price for sitting too much, so, stand up!
Why Is Sitting A Bad Thing?
Believe it or not, when one sits the spine has the double the pressure added to it and then when you add bad posture, that’s just too much pressure! Atlanta chiropractic patients have reported that due to prolonged sitting they have had problems with the following:
The Shortening of Hip Flexors
Basically, the more you sit the less flexible the hip flexors become resulting in difficulty maintaining good posture.
When the legs are in a crossed position continuously over time, an imbalance occurs in the pelvic muscles and flexibility decreases.
Forward Pelvic Tilt
As your gluteus muscles are your largest muscle group, they exercises to stay in shape so that the body does not overcompensate causing the body to become unbalanced.
Constant Back Pain
When sitting for long periods of time, posture is ultimately affected and then back pain often surfaces. When the back muscles become stressed due to the poor posture that aching pain kicks in.
How To Sit Less Often
Sitting for parts of the day may be unavoidable, but there are things that you can do to help better your posture and decrease your time sitting when it’s not always necessary:
- Stand at your desk when possible
- Opt for the stairs
- Go to water jug often
- Go for a walk during your lunch break