Prolonged sitting is a health issue. There's no way around it. According to the BBC, scientists say that reducing your sitting time to three hours a day can add two years to your life expectancy. But it's not just sitting that's the problem, it's being static that poses a health risk -- it slows down the circulatory system, blood, oxygen and vital nutrients.
"So if you are stuck at your desk for a while, shift positions frequently, get up and stretch in the middle of a thought, pace while one a phone call, or even fidget" - Dr. Jacquelyn Kulinski
A recent study of the effects of sitting all day documented higher rates of type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cancer-related deaths in very sedentary people. An unrelated study linked more sitting and less activity with an increased risk of dementia
Throughout the work week, the most prevalent position is that of forward posture, which can mostly be contributed to the extension of the arms to a keyboard and the curved neck assisting the eyes to concentrate on a computer screen. One study shows that the forward posture from typing harms the C7, the most inferior and largest vertebrae in the neck, which can affect the nerve innervations. Nerve innervations supply the muscles with nerves and when strained can lead to constant discomfort in the neck or back.
Your Challenge: Monitor your posture throughout the day, if need be set an alarm on your phone.
How It Works:
Step 1. Wake up with the intention that today is the day you improve your posture.
Step 2. Set an alarm on your phone or a reminder on your desk to focus on good posture.
Step 3. Sit up with your chin tucked and head straight.
Step 4. Roll your shoulders back and put some weight into your feet.
Step 5. Slightly squeeze your glutes and flex the abdomen.
Step 6. Continue to correct your posture throughout the day.
Step 7. Don't forget to get up and be active along with your perfect posture today.
The impact of movement in our daily lives is profound. For starters, you burn more calories, which leads to weight loss and increased energy. Secondly, the muscle activity needed for standing and other movement seems to trigger important processes related to the breakdown of fats and sugars within the body. When we sit, these processes stall and our health becomes at risk. When you stand or actively move, you kick the processes back into action and remain alert and in a positive mindset throughout the day.
So when the writing is on the wall do you ignore it? Or do you notice it, let it resonate and then do something about it? Choose to lead a healthier lifestyle by avoiding the little things that contribute to a sedentary lifestyle. Don't become a statistic. Take steps towards your ideal you. You have the power to make a change that benefits you and your loved ones.