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Sitting for Many Hours a Day Could Give You
Lower Back Pain
Working at a desk job requires us to sit for a prolonged periods, usually about 40 hours per week on average! If you add to this the time we sit in a car or train to get to work and then sitting in front of the TV then we more than likely spend two thirds of our waking life sitting.
If you take all the hours that we sit at work, we don't realize that we are subjecting ourselves to stresses and strains on our bodies that can be bad for our health.
But here's the thing, even when you are not at work, we tend to sit on couches at home to watch sports or any entertaining shows on TV! This is a big concern because sitting for long hours in general is putting your well being at risk!
This is why it is so important for those long hours sitting at a desk at work to get an office chair that helps to minimize the strain on your back and avoid painful lower back pain.
Other Health Problems You can Get from Sitting
Regularly sitting for a prolonged period of time can put you at various other health risks such as increasing your chance of getting heart disease to about about 64%, including certain types of cancer or even diabetes. What happens when we sit too long, the electrical activity in our muscles slow down which in effect, drops the rate of calorie burn in our body. That results in reduction to glucose uptake by insulin which can lead to type 2 diabetes. And due to drop of calorie burn in our body, it then increases bad cholesterol in our system and sugar levels go up thus making you gain more weight. And when we gain weight we open the door to getting some sort of heart disease. Prostate and breast cancer has also been shown to increase by 30% in people that sit more than six hours a day.
Solutions and Actions to Counteract the Consequences of Sitting
Although the consequences of sitting too long look daunting, which it is, you can easily counteract the risks that it brings. How you may well ask? It's simple really, the answer is to stand! I'm not saying you have to ditch sitting altogether. After all, standing for too long can also have similar effects and is also not a healthy way to live. The best way is to sit and then get up and stand at regular intervals throughout every single day.
It is a good idea, and recommended going for a five minute walk every hour if you are sitting for prolonged periods. In fact, Dr S Thosar Phd, a postdoctoral researcher at Oregon Health & Science University, who led the study as a doctoral candidate at Indiana University's School of Public Health-Bloomington, conducted an experiment managed to demonstrate that doing the five minute walk regime can have a positive effect on the participants' health. The full report can be read here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/233805987_Sitting_and_endothelial_dysfunction_The_role_of_shear_stress
Incorrect posture whilst sitting greatly increases the likelihood of severe low back pain. Having an ergonomic office chair either at work or a home office is essential to your well being. This with regular light physical activity can greatly help in preventing harm to our bodies. Just giving some of your daily time such as a daily workout when you get home is all well and good and will help but the problem is having to sit for long hours every day. Working out before or after workdoesn't necessarily counteract this problem. The real solution is having regular short breaks from sitting at least once every hour to avoid these potential health risks.
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