If you’re reading this article you are probably sitting down and staying sited for a couple of minutes is okay but the longer you stay put, the more agitated your body becomes.
It sounds ridiculous; our body loves to relax right? Not really, sitting for brief periods can help us recover from stress or recuperate from exercise. But nowadays, our lifestyles make us sit much longer than we move around. Wondering why that is a problem?
Believe it or not, the human body is built to move and you can see evidence of that in the way it is structured. Inside us are over 360 joints and around 700 skeletal muscles that enable easy fluid motion. The body’s unique structure gives it the ability to stand straight against the pull of gravity; our blood depends on us moving around to be able to circulate properly. Every inch of the body is ready and waiting for you to move, what happens if you don’t?
Sitting for long periods of time causes wear and tear in your spinal disc (in your backbone) overworks certain ligaments and joints and also puts strain on muscles that stretch to accommodate the poor body posture. Poor posture leads to shrinking of your chest cavity, meaning your lungs have less space to expand into when you breathe, that is a problem since it temporally limits the amount of oxygen that fills your lung and filter in your blood.
Surrounding your skeleton are muscles, veins, arteries, and nerves, and when you sit for long periods you essentially squash, pressurize, and compress these delicate tissues. Have you ever experienced numbness after staying put for a couple of hours? Areas that are most compressed make these delicate tissues blocked which in turn limits nerve signaling causing numbness and swelling.
Recent studies have shown that sitting for long periods can lead to cancer, diabetes, kidney and liver problems. In fact, researchers have established that inactivity causes about 9% of premature deaths worldwide, that is roughly over 5 million people.
You can set a reminder to yourself to regularly set your body in motion and your body will thank you later. In fact, since this article is over, why not stand up and stretch?
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