A red armchair sitting in the middle of a road

The trouble with sitting down and how to solve it.

We are learning more and more about the harmful effects of too much sitting, generally. But if you are working in an office, sitting tends to be what we do all the time (even those of us with standing desks) are more-often-than-not hunched over a computer, for hours on end, you know what it is like when you get stuck into a piece of work.

More research on this area is needed to thoroughly identify if long periods spend on our behinds also cases ill health. However, existing  already shows that too much sitting can create stresses on the body. Stresses such as:
Slowing down the metabolism, affecting the way our bodies regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and metabolise fat.
• Resulting in muscular imbalance of shortened hip flexors muscles at the top of your thighs.
• Contributing to the causes of lower back pain.
• Creating problems with tightness at the front of the thighs.
• Increasing the risk of illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.

Time to take action

That’s the grim news, we need to find ways to avoid the chairs in our lives and spend less time sitting down, order to stay healthy and fit, below are 5 great ways to combat the physical strains of too much sitting:

• Make sure that you take an active break from sitting at your desk every 30 minutes.
• You could counter act the effects of sitting for long periods of time by getting in at least 60 minutes of exercise a day.
• Try standing on your journey to work, forgo the standoff for that last seat on the tube, hold on tight.
• Telephone calls can be made and taken standing up, open up that diaphragm and smile to speak.
• At the end of your working day you can mobilise your hip joints with the Pilates hip release exercise.

Photos of a woman lying on the floor doing Pilates exercises and text describing the exercises

What else do you do to avoid sitting down too much?

Shapesmith Bev

Be fit. Be well. Be happy



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