A+ Physio

Sitting is the new smoking

The truth about sitting 

Breaking up regular sitting time is important – even small breaks from prolonged sitting are good for health. We as a society sit for increasing periods of time, often more than we spend sleeping. Kids sit at school, adults sit at work, we sit in our cars to drive everywhere we need to go, then after a long day we commonly get home and continue the sitting regiment at the computer, or on the couch in front of the television.

It is a tough cycle to break because with the ever-developing technology, a lot of our jobs and lifestyles essentially require us to sit for long periods of time. Our bodies aren’t built for this and it’s starting to take its toll on our health.  Scientists believe that anyone sitting more than 6 hours per day is at a heightened risk of developing health problems and that this much sitting is as bad for our health as smoking a pack of cigarettes every day.

Symptoms related to sitting

  • Postural issues
  • Neck and back pain
  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Weaker bones

Fortunately, there are ways to adjust our lifestyle and lessen the effects of sitting all day.Tips to reduce sitting

  • Stand while talking on the phone or eating lunch.
  • Stand twice every hour to have a stretch or a walk on the spot.
  • Take a walk in your lunch break rather than eating your lunch at your desk.
  • Go and talk to your colleagues rather than emailing across the office.

At A+ Physio we are able to help you with musculoskeletal aches and pains that develop as one of the many health consequences from extended sitting.  We can also help with stretching, exercise programs and offer 45 minute lunch ‘Better Posture’ exercise class. Enroll now or call for further information – 03 471 7391.