Sitting all day has become the illness of our time. We were born to be dynamic, to hunt and gather food for our survival. To run away from danger and spend a lot of energy during the day.
Modern life has made us sedentary. That means we sit most of our day, for most of our activities. And that affects our health. Recent research shows that sitting is connected to increased risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, obesity, back & neck pain, depression and even some types of cancer. And if that hasn't gotten you out of your seat yet, you should know that people who sit more than 4 hours a day, have an increased risk of all-cause mortality of up to 24%-49%.
Research shows that sitting for more than 4 hours each day leads to:
Enzymes responsible for burning harmful blood fats shutting down
Calorie burning is reduced
Disrupted blood sugar levels
Increased insulin and blood pressure levels
Leg muscles switch off
So what can we do about it?
We can increase our activity throughout the day. That means that once an hour we must get up, stretch a little, walk, and let our body revive itself.
We can park our car further away from where we need to be, so we will add a few extra steps to our daily routine.
We can set our sitting posture and make sure that we sit in an ergonomic posture. That is the posture where we are supported, our joints have full range of motion, we are not stressed and our accessories are close to us and centered to our body's midline.
Even when we sit in an ergonomic "correct" posture, we need to move and be dynamic. That means we can lean a little bit, slouch a little bit, cross our legs… but then – we need to straighten upwards and go back to the healthy sitting posture.
We can add exercise, sports and fun to our days. These activities will keep our bodies healthy and dynamic.