Movement Series: Sitting is killing you

Brendan Weafer

By Brendan Weafer [October 30th, 2016]

Human beings were not meant to sit for extended periods of time.  Modern society provides us the option for a sedentary lifestyle and often rewards it.  At work we sit in front of our computers all day, and we sit during our commute, and on the couch at home.  Spending this much time inactive in a seated position has serious repercussions for weight, posture, and vulnerability to terminal illnesses and physical injury.

Human beings were not meant to sit for extended periods of time.  Modern society provides us the option for a sedentary lifestyle and often rewards it.  At work we sit in front of our computers all day, and we sit during our commute, and on the couch at home.  Spending this much time inactive in a seated position has serious repercussions for weight, posture, and vulnerability to terminal illnesses and physical injury.

You can take steps to correct this by following a few easy guidelines.

  1. Get up and take a break regularly at work.  Try to get up and stretch about once a hour for 2-4 minutes.  This will not only help your body from getting stiff but you can actually increase your productivity!
  2. Take mobility breaks at work.  A few minutes of desk exercises can repair the harm of sitting too long.  
  3. Get your blood pumping!  Even a short 4 minutes of movement can ease the tension on your ligaments and tendons, undoing the harm of sitting down and burning calories, giving you that energy boost your afternoon needs.
  4. Water breaks are an easy excuse to get up and walk out the kinks of sitting for too long.  Not only is it a great excuse to walk around the office but you will you stay hydrated, which supports a wide variety of important bodily functions.
About
Brendan Weafer, a former professional combative sports competitor since childhood, is a fitness expert with multiple certifications in corrective exercise, nutrition, and human motion. Fueled by his passion to help people lead healthy lives free of pain and injury, he has helped motivate thousands of clients to health and strength.
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