Don’t Let Sitting Down For Too Long Become A Bad Habit
From the office chair to the couch, Australians are spending more time seated than ever before. With many of us either still working from home, or under new flexible working arrangements, on top of spending more time at home, don’t let sitting down for too long become your new bad habit.
Australians Are Sitting Down for Too Long
Research suggests office workers in Australia are now sitting for up to 10 hours a day. Sitting for long periods can have negative effects on the body, increasing a person’s risk of developing heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Not to mention the negative effects incorrect sitting can have on your spinal health and posture.
Health Repercussions of a Sedentary Lifestyle
Sitting for extended periods of time can have short-term and long-term impacts on your health and body. These include:
1. Weight gain
2. Weak glutes and legs
3. Tight hip flexors
4. Back pain
5. Stiff shoulders and,
6. Neck pain
Increase Your Daily Movement
The urban myth is that you can off-set a sedentary lifestyle by simply watching your diet and getting some exercise. But this ignores the modern reality that you might be sitting down for long periods of time.
If you find yourself sitting more these days, try and find ways to incorporate moving and walking into your everyday routine. This could be by taking a work call standing up, making sure you go for a walk during lunch or setting a timer every hour to get up, stretch and move your body.
It is also recommended that workplaces consider introducing walking meetings and get a workplace presentation from a health practitioner such as a chiropractor on how to sit right and improve postural fitness.
Contact Dr Miki For Chiropractic Care & Advice
Dr Miki is a chiropractor in Brisbane city and she can help by providing lifestyle advice and appropriate care to help improve your spinal health and wellbeing. If you’re concerned about sitting down for too long and are experiencing adverse health effects, Dr Miki would love to help you out! For more information or bookings feel free to get in touch or make a booking online.