In this short article PB Chiropractor Kelly Nicol poses the question, is sitting really the new smoking? As we move into yet another lockdown, we are sitting more than ever before. But is it really that bad for us?
The simple answer is, yes!! Sitting at your desk or at the kitchen table for prolonged periods can affect your body in many different ways. We as humans are built to stand in an up right posture. The functioning of our bodies is at its optimum when we are standing.
Recent research has linked a high number of sedentary behaviours with an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease.
Sitting down for long periods of time makes digestion less efficient, we store what we eat as sugars and fat. When we are moving our muscles, this helps our body to digest the fats and sugars we have consumed. With these fats and sugars being stored in our bodies the risk of weight gain, diabetes and heart disease begins to skyrocket.
It is so important to move throughout the day, not only for your vital organs but also for your muscles.
Sitting can lead to weakening and wasting of the quads and gluteal muscles. These muscles allow us to walk and if they aren’t functioning properly, we can be vulnerable to back pain, knee pain and a poor pelvic alignment. We need the glutes in particular to help stabilise us and to work a bit harder to take some of the pressure off our low back.
Most of us suffer with a bad low back (the main reason you come to see us Chiropractors). Sitting increases the compression and load that is placed on discs and the stabilising back muscles. This increased compression can also lead to premature degeneration.
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