Prolonged sitting impacts your body
Our bodies are designed for movement period! Our brains are designed for processing and trying to create efficiency so that we can process more however if we continue to listen to what our brain is telling many of us, then it will constantly suggest that we continue to sit so as to conserve energy. So what to do for those of us who have to sit regularly during the day?
- Get yourself up regularly, we have biological tissue changes when we are sedentary for a extended period of time the tissue adaptation is called mechanical creep essentially it means our tissue can become locked long, studies have shown sitting with a slouched back for as little as 20 minutes can result in increased laxity of the posterior ligaments, to avoid this set a timer around 20 min and walk down the hall a couple of times not only good for the body but also good for the brain.
- stand every time the phone rings in your office even if it means you have to sit back down to do something at your computer for the call.
- sit at the edge of your chair with your hands resting on your thighs and body in a relaxed position not to slouched or sitting up to straight, take a slow breath in through your nose feeling your ribs expand circumferentially then slowly fully exhale as if you are sighing out and exhale more than you typically would without forcing or straining .Inhale on a 3-4 count, exhale on a 6-8 count then pause for a couple of seconds re-inhale and repeat for 4-5 breaths. Remember chairs and prolonged sitting is something we humans created and the current norm is in no way optimal, we are not essentially made to sit on chairs especially ones which shut our system off and limit our movement and our ability the breath normally.