Our modern lifestyles, with all its comforts and challenges, are designed to keep us sitting, for long hours on the stretch!
Increasingly, everything from professional duties to entertainment options, are more and more geared towards a comfortable seated lifestyle. But is prolonged sitting really comfortable in the long run? We all know that a sedentary lifestyle is not good for our bodies. But how harmful it really is?
In this blog post, we will try to explain how sitting for a long period can affect us.
Harmful Effects of Prolonged Sitting
Our bodies, as per basic anatomy, have evolved to help us stand straight, something not so common with other species! This has involved the development of specific muscles around our glutes including hip flexors! And these are the muscles that are critical to our body balance, the center of gravity, the health of key joints like knees etc.
But this entire muscle group gets immobile in a prolonged sitting position. And hence, being seated for long hours leads to underdevelopment, weakness and chronic inactivation of gluteal muscles! This leads to:
- Chronic incorrect posture
- Lower back problems
- Forward head
- Rounded shoulders
- Greater stress on knees etc.
So basically the entire chain of our body muscles, right from our ankle to the neck lose the right balance and coordination and start making unnatural compensation to keep your body pointing straight!
So, now that we have had a quick overview of how harmful it is, let’s get moving!
Because if the problem is “sitting for too long”, then the only solution is to “NOT sit for too long”!O’Coach!