There’s no denying it, we live in a sedentary world these days. The vast majority of us spend most of our time in some sort of seated position throughout the day, day-in and day-out. Maybe you don’t think you do, but really take a moment to think about how you’re spending your time. You’re probably seated while reading this blog.
You’re probably seated while commuting to work via car, bus, or public transit. You probably sit at an office desk in front of a computer, and maybe you get up during the day to use the copy machine or get a bite to eat. You commute back home, eat dinner (probably sitting down), and relax on the couch before heading to bed.
Maybe your personal lifestyle varies a little from this, but if it does sound familiar, you’ll want to start making changes to your daily habits so you’re getting more movement in your day. The inherent issue with sitting for too long is that it can stiffen your joints, degrade your posture, and even cause nerve damage over time.
You should begin to figure out ways that you can increase the amount of movement in your day. If you can, take the stairs instead of the elevator wherever you go. Set a timer on your phone to remind yourself to get up and stretch every hour, or take a lap around your office. Go for a walk during your lunch break; if you do this after you eat, you’ll be less likely to fall victim to the dreaded afternoon energy slump.
At home, try to do some stretches or even run on a treadmill while you watch TV so you are still getting in some exercise even as you unwind from the day.
With too much sitting, you run the risk of tightening up the muscles around your spinal column. This can lead to misalignments, or subluxations, that can cause back pain and other ill effects, such as headaches. Going to a chiropractor on a regular basis may bring you pain relief, since practitioners use manual manipulation techniques to correct the spinal column to bring about a more functioning body. You’ll also want to ask them for any advice they may have on how you can lead a more active lifestyle for better spine health.
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