This new invention we all call ‘the internet’ has literally changed the way we live, work, and play.
Since it’s inception, hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs have taken their businesses online, or created new ones. Some of these businesses can be set up so that they ‘run themselves’, but the majority of the successful websites running today requires hands on work. Whether it is to write (cough bloggers), or engage with your community (cough bloggers), or design and code new sites and programs, many of us are unknowingly putting ourselves at serious risk by, wait for it…
Sitting for long periods – for such things as work is hazardous to your health. Doctors out of Australia call sitting the new smoking in terms of how it influences our health.
What are the hazards of sitting for long periods of time?
Focusing on the lower back, sitting tightens the groin or hip flexor muscles, weakens the gluts or buttocks, shortens and tightens the hamstrings overall creating a muscular imbalance.From there, it creates a chain reaction.
The low back muscles become weak and can not support you properly. Your “CORE” becomes lax and provides no support. Your centre of gravity through your discs is altered and over time can create disc degeneration, disc disease or disc bulging.
Your joints in your spine stop moving and begin to line up improperly all of which add pressure to the nerve system blocking it’s signal to control the body’s function, healing, repair and replacement of cells which is know as a ‘subluxation’.
Sitting can potentially create joint degenerate where arthritis, osteoarthritis and osteoperosis can set in.
It creates a change in the alignment too of your hips (femur’s in your hip socket), so they can too potentially wear down leading to uneven pressure in your knees, and arthritis in your knees.
Pressure on the nerves in your spine can potentially block nerve flow to your lower abdominal organs such as your reproductive system, bladder, lower digestive system. Some individuals then are affected by organs not functioning correctly.
Sitting decreases circulation to your lower limbs and abdomen over time, it negatively influences your blood sugar stabilization leading to diabetes, it can impede the cholesterol metabolism in your blood affecting cholesterol levels, not to mention the compression and torsion of internal organs, compression of lungs so they can’t fully distend to get all the particles out leading to more deep lung infections and colds.
This is just a general start, the list can still go on and it can happen even if you do work out regularly. You still need to move throughout the day!
The first symptom anything is happening is 90% of the time is no symptom! It can take days, weeks, months, or years, of having a health issue that slowly worsens before you feel it. Health is not the absence of a symptom.
- Get a chiropractic assessment to make sure there is no stress on your nerve system or spine.You can ask your chiropractor for some suggestions for stretching and moving.
- If you are seated for most of your day, get up every 20 minutes even if it is just to stand and sit back down.
- Make sure you are sitting with a good posture and try different chairs including (try a ball chair)
- Try walking meetings
- Do you work from home and attend webinars? Throw on some headphones and walk or do something active while you listen. You can always stop mid-walk to write a note down if you need to remember something.
- Try different desks if you can afford it. There are stand up tables that can go up and down, or you could get real fancy and get one with a treadmill under it so you are walking 1-2 miles and hour while you work.
- Strengthen your postural muscles through plank series, weight training, yoga, pilates – a variety of exercise. Avoid straight traditional sit-ups as they have show to cause disc injury and form an imbalance in your low back and midsection.
Remember, a body in motion stays in motion. Your entire body works together – it won’t just be your lower back.
Wendy is a wife, mom of 3, a triathlete and a chiropractor. She has been practicing in Edmonton since 2000. Her undergraduate degree is an honours in Physical Education, now known as Honours Kinesiology. She graduated from Chiropractic in 1999. You can learn more by checking out their website or giving them a call at 780-484-2272.