Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Sitting is the new smoking?

Sitting a lot is bad news. Why and what can you do?

Everyone knows you’ve got to “use it or lose it,” but what does that mean for our biology? Chair -bound people experience aches, pains and stiffness as their muscles start to howl for the physical and neurological stimulation they need to survive and thrive. Prolonged sitting causes a lot of stress on neck and back, improper digestion and a lot more...

Take microbreaks and spend five minutes of mobilizing per hour. Wrenching the neck or rolling the head in a circle, swinging the arms, opening the chest in the morning, swinging the hips, a quick toe Touch - these are all common, natural “mobilizations.”

Convert these instincts into an exercise by making them more deliberate, positive, and thorough repeatedly!!! “Motion is lotion,” as the old rhyme goes  is the best antidote to the worst consequences of excessive sitting.

Its Monday today and most of us are back to work. Its all the more important that we do some activity by breaking up desk time with a short ten minute walk. With this we can offset the harm that prolonged sitting causes to vascular health. Research shows people who walk more have higher bone mineral density and is also effective in slowing the rate of bone loss from the legs.
Are you doing this bit for your health?

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