Sitting all day is unnatural
Humans weren’t made to just sit. We were made to stand, to walk, run, jump, twist, turn, bend, lay down, roll, crawl, climb, squat, and maybe, for a few minutes a day, to sit. But at a certain point in (very recent) history, our jobs became seated, our entertainment became seated, our meals, our commute, etc. The list goes on. Sitting has become as prevalent as standing and it is taking its toll on our bodies. If your typical day consists of commuting to work each way, sitting in front of a computer, then sitting on a sofa and watching TV to unwind (with maybe an hour of exercise thrown in), you could be putting your spine at serious risk.
The damage of sitting all day
Excessive sitting affects every part of the body:
- Damages organs and interferes with digestion
- Increases compression on the spine
- Encourages poor posture habits
- Contributes to obesity and diabetes
- Weakens muscles, and destabilizes muscular balance
- Causes poor blood circulation
This is just the start. Excessive sitting can be traced as a cause to many of the USA’s most prevalent health problems. So, if your job requires you to sit, and you have a penchant for binge-watching TV after work, make sure that you take steps to undo this damage on a daily basis.
Undoing the damage of sitting all day
Besides an hour of vigorous work out that gets your heart rate up and works your muscles, you should focus on choosing specific movements that target the parts of your body which suffer the most during sitting. Yoga is an effective modality for doing just that! Here are some of the most effective yoga poses for habitual sitters:
- Downward facing dog
- Spinal twist
- Pigeon pose
- Cat and cow pose
- Child’s pose
Detailed instructions for these poses can be found here: https://www.verywellfit.com/essential-yoga-poses-for-beginners-3566747. If you are interested in redressing all the damage done by sitting, give our office a call to schedule an appointment today.