Sedentary Lifestyle

SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE

Humans are designed to move around to perform our daily activities. Common activities include working at home, working at job sites, commuting in cars, planes, trains, buses and/or attending school. So the question becomes, what is it that we Americans do most? What do those people have in common? SITTING! On average, we dedicate at least 10 hours daily to sitting. Television can make this worse.  Jobs no longer consist of moving around but merely sitting at a desk.  The shift from the physical demand to bare minimum is affecting our physical capabilities, energy expenditure and most importantly, our health!

 Today, the leading cause of death in the United States is Heart Disease. 1 out of 4 people die of this disease every day. Obesity rates continue to rise, 2 of 3 adults are considered overweight and or obese and 1 of 6 children are considered obese! This can be prevented if we are proactive rather than reactive! It is suggested that we work out at least 150 minutes of moderate exercises or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. We have become too focused on working and sitting in front of our digital devices that we have either forgotten to take care of ourselves and/or find excuses to not stay active or prepare healthy meals.

 As we sit on the computer, we have a tendency to have our neck in a forward position, our shoulders rounded and our posture either slouched or bent forward. Without movement, our body starts to deteriorate and become inflexible. Prolonged sitting damages our body in multiple ways:

Sitting increases the stress on our vertebrae (spine) and intervertebral discs. Our rounded posture increases the strain or sprain on our muscles and joints. Imbalances in our spine and poor posture lead to low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, irritated nerves and damage disc.

Research has shown that sedentary lifestyle increases our health risk of obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, depression, anxiety, high cholesterol, and increases chances of stroke or heart attack leading to premature death.

Minor changes you can do at work to help prevent the damage to your body is to move around at least once per hour, stand, take the stairs, or walk around the building when you can. Another way is to make sure your desk is ergonomically set. It is advised to move the monitor above eye level to force yourself to look up more, sit clear back to the chair and sit up straight! You could have a box or small chair underneath your desk to prop up your legs.

 Be aware of what your body is telling you. The soreness in your low back and neck are early signs of your body asking for help. Do not ignore the signs and start making changes. Dedicate at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 days a week and prepare meals for the rest of the week. Chiropractic care will help your body in multiple ways by providing motion within your spine and allowing your nervous system to function at its optimal function.  

Circle City Chiropractic has two locations, one located in Indianapolis (317) 288-5480 and Westfield (317) 818-0940. Feel free to call about your health concerns or questions!

 

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