Too much sitting certainly doesn’t contribute much to a healthy and good posture. Muscles mimic the position it is put in. when we are seated, our upper body to lower body is at 90 degrees, which shortens the hip flexor muscle (the muscle that connects the upper body to lower body) and many other postural muscles throughout the body leading to bad or wrong posture.
Over use of machines and automation has affected every field of life. From farming to industry to offices, technology has changed the manner in which people do their jobs. Most of the jobs, which previously required physical labour have now been taken over by machines. This, in turn, has made people physically less active.
Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome – a group of complications that includes, high blood pressure, high sugar, excess abdominal fat and abnormal cholesterol levels. Too much sitting can also increase the risk of death, from cardiovascular disease to cancer.
Prolonged sitting can lead to spinal injuries including spondylitis, stiff shoulder and neck. Excessive sitting can change the curvature of your spine and cause muscle imbalance on your upper body, besides limiting the blood flow and causing blood pooling on the lower body.
Over all, a sitting job reduces a person’s metabolism drastically and makes him less efficient and more prone to diseases.
To prevent the ill effects of prolonged sitting
Engage in exercises regularly.
Do simple exercises before, during and after work.
Find time to stretch the tired muscles at office.
Alter the sitting position as and when required.
Try to stand up at 30-60 minute intervals.
Keep your water cooler and coffee/copy machines at a distance, so that you can walk up to them.
Use the stairs rather than the lift.
Park your car at a further distance and walk to and fro.
Take coffee/snack breaks as a means to move, and have them standing or on the move.
Headline: FITNESS IS POSTURE
By Sebastian George, fitness coach
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