Sitting For Long Periods of Time Can Be Very Unhealthy For Your Body
Studies show that nearly 86 percent of all office workers sit at a desk all day and every day while on the job. While this may be the norm, it certainly isn’t healthy. In fact, sitting for long periods can cause a myriad of health problems, including foot and ankle pain. If you must sit while at work, it’s important to get up and move around at least every couple of hours to stretch the muscles. If you live in the Temple area, consider scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor at the Armstrong Chiropractic Center for help.
A sedentary lifestyle is bad on your heart. It reduces circulation, so you may experience swelling around the foot and ankle. Sitting for long periods also puts you at risk for coronary artery disease and heart attack.
Sitting for extended periods puts unnecessary strain on your back. Your posture changes as you move around to get comfortable, which can alter the natural curve of the spine. The pelvis tilts forward to support all your weight, which also weakens the muscles around it causing lower back pain.
Reverses the Effects of Exercise
Studies have shown that even if you exercise seven hours a week, sitting for seven hours or more a day can reverse the health effects of the exercise.
Increases Risk of Diabetes
When you sit for long periods, you’ll burn fewer calories. This also affects the way your body reacts to insulin. As a result, you may also develop diabetes over time.
Increased Risk of Cancer
Sitting at a desk for prolonged periods increases your risk for some types of colon cancer. For best results, it helps to utilize a standing desk whenever you can.
If you must sit for prolonged periods throughout the day, chiropractic care may be able to help with the pain and discomfort. If you live in the Temple area, contact your chiropractor at the Armstrong Chiropractic Center at (254) 778-5576 to schedule your first appointment.