If you have ever had to sit at a desk all day, you know how annoying to your body this can be. Now a new study from the USC confirms it, “men who reported more than 23 hours a week of sedentary activity had a 64 percent greater risk of dying from heart disease than those who reported less than 11 hours a week of sedentary activity. And many of these men routinely exercised.”
Our bodies are only designed to walk, run, stand, and lie-down…not sit. When we sit are major muscles are not activated and our bodies kind of goes into shutdown mode, like the screen saver phase on your computer.
Do you have a job that you have to sit down for most of the day? There are a couple of easy suggestions you can follow to help combat the negative effects.
First, take 10 minute breaks every hour. This could be as elaborate as a group activity with simple stretching or as simple as taking a quick, solitary lap around the office.
Second, ditch your office chair and switch to an exercise ball. This will help strengthen the core while improving balance and flexibility. It also requires more energy, so a few calories will be burned.
NPR has a great article that sums up the study at this link.
For more information, contact me, Dr. Deborah Pearson, a chiropractor serving Alpharetta, Roswell, and John’s Creek.