6 Things That Happen When Sitting Too Often
You may have heard our reference in the past of the saying, “Sitting is the new smoking.” While it might be hard to believe that simply spending too much time in a seated position may damage your body as much as tobacco does, it’s entirely true.
Here are six different effects due to over-sitting.
- It can lead to chronic pain. Sitting for extended periods, especially at a desk, can cause excessive loading on certain parts of the body, like the neck and lower back.
- Your metabolism may slow down. Decreased muscle activity may lead to a slower clearance of fat from the body and decrease the effects of insulin.
- You’ll have less energy. Sitting too much means moving less. Movement, like going for a brisk 20-minute walk, can up our energy levels quickly.
- Our mental health suffers. In fact, studies have indicated that sitting indoors and communicating with others strictly online can reduce social skills and affect psychological well-being.
- Increased risk of heart disease. A sedentary lifestyle is tied with a higher risk of heart problems, among other issues.
- Posture becomes compromised. Increased stress is placed on lumbar discs when sitting rather than even distribution. This causes the pelvis to rotate backwards, which may lead to our head moving forward.
Your body was made to move. If movement has become difficult for you, we’re here to help.