What happens when we sit all day?
Sitting has been labelled the ‘new smoking’, and for a good reason. It is becoming more and more common for people to be stuck behind a desk all day.
A lot of people working from home are finding there are less distractions (maybe a good thing!), but this means they are not taking a break from their work apart from a lunch break!
When our posture is poor, especially for extended periods of time, it becomes difficult for the muscles and joints to work properly. Bad posture puts a greater strain on the body’s muscles and joints, which results in a greater energy consumption, which means normal daily tasks will leave you feeling worn out faster.
In the short term sitting for long periods leads to muscle weakening, especially through the leg and gluteal muscles (bum muscles). If these muscles are weak you are more likely to injure yourself from falls, and from strains when you do exercise. Long term it has been widely studied that there is a higher risk of developing chronic health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers, as well as the increased risk of mental health issues.
Importance of physical activity
The Australian Health Survey 2011–12 results show 60% of Australian adults do less than the recommended 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each day.
A physically active lifestyle will see benefits such as:
- Reduced risk of chronic health problems such as on the ones mentioned earlier
- Improved weight management
- Lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Improve strength of bones, muscles and joints and lower risk of developing osteoporosis
- Generally feeling better – more energy, a better mood, feel more relaxed and sleep better.
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Exercise doesn’t have to be hard. Building exercise into your day is a good way of hitting those movement goals – take the stairs at work or park your car at the end of the train station car park.
We understand that it is easy to get caught up in your work and time can fly by, but an easy way to beat that is to set a reminder or alert on your computer/phone/watch telling you to MOVE.
Remember that everyone’s goals are going to be different – one person might want to run a marathon, the next might just want to be able to walk around their block. So what is your movement goal? Why not speak with one of our Osteopaths to assist you in achieving these goals.
If you are having suffering from tight or painful muscles and you are wondering if an Osteopath can help you, give us a call at Berwick Family Osteopathy and Spinal Clinic on (03) 9702 0094, or make an appointment online.
We can’t wait to see you in the clinic and help you with your health.
Blog written by Dr Tom McKenna – Registered Osteopath.
Berwick Family Osteopathy & Spinal Clinic