Sitting too Long

Did you know that sitting too long is dangerous to your health. 

Sitting at your desk, in your car, or on your couch too long can cause muscle imbalance among other things.  Researchers have found that sitting for long periods of time increases levels of cholesterol in the body which could lead to heart disease.  One study of adults who spend time in front of the television for 4 hours daily increase their risk of death from heart disease by 80% compared to adults who spend less than 2 hours daily in front of the T.V.

Sitting with bad posture can cause neck and back problems.  Check your posture while sitting and make sure it is strong.  Get up from your chair from time to time to avoid back pain.  Sitting too long can also cause knee pain, swelling and muscle weakness, result in headache, cause constipation, obesity, deep vein thrombosis and so much more.

If you are someone who has to sit for long periods of time here are a few tips to make your time in the chair less aggravation to your body:

– don’t slouch, avoid sitting with crossed legs, keep your knees bent at right angles to the floor, keep feet flat on the floor, change positions regularly, get up from your chair every 30 minutes for a little stretch, put a kidney pillow behind the base of your back in the chair, take a walk at lunch hour.

With the amount of time we spend at the computer at work and at home these days it is very important to be aware of your time spent sitting each day.  Get up and do some physical exercise to fend off any negative problems related to the time you spend in a seated position.

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