7 Desk Job Woes. Un-Desk Yourself!

October 11th, 2018

 

7 Desk Job Woes

 

Many of us have health issues that we attribute to bad genes, poor diet, or possibly even the environment. Now that we have a better understanding the effect of excessive sitting, it’s probably safe to say that our daily habits can also play a large role in our health problems. Here are some of the issues you may experience as a direct side effect of sitting too much:

Weight Gain

It’s no secret that an inactive lifestyle can lead to increased weight gain. Too much sitting has been shown to have a negative impact on the body’s ability to burn fat. This leads to increased fat stores and encourages the use of carbohydrates (instead of fat) for fuel, then the body will continue to gain fat even while consuming a low-calorie diet.

Poor Blood Circulation

Another often ignored issue with prolonged sitting is poor circulation. Prolonged sitting can slow down your circulation and cause blood to pool in the legs and feet, which can lead to varicose veins, swollen ankles, or even dangerous blood clots.

Heart Disease

When our body burns less fat and blood circulation is poor, there’s an increased chance of fatty acids blocking the arteries in the heart. This can lead to elevated cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and heart disease. In fact, a study has shown that men who spend more than 10 hours a week riding a car or over 23 hours a week watching television had 82% and 64% greater risk of suffering from heart disease compared to those who spent significantly less time on both activities.

Weakened Muscles

Sitting all day loosens and weakens the muscles in the body. Without strong legs, our lower body becomes unable to hold us up when sitting down or keep us stable when walking and jumping, putting us at risk of injury. As they say, if you don’t use it, you lose it.

Diabetes

According to a 2017 study that examined the link between diabetes and total sitting time, there is a higher risk of diabetes sedentary people. This is because decreased muscle mass and strength can result in lowered insulin sensitivity. The lower the body’s sensitivity to insulin, the higher the incidence of diabetes.

Posture Problems

Aside from making our muscles more weak, prolonged sitting and slouching causes a variety of problems for your neck, shoulders, back, and hips. Your neck and shoulders curve and stiffen, your spine loses its flexibility as it absorbs pressure, and your pelvis rotates the wrong way, especially if you don’t use an ergonomic chair or already have bad posture to begin with.

Chronic Body Pain

The longer you sit and maintain bad posture, the more likely you are to experience chronic pain in areas such as your neck, shoulders, back, hips, and legs. Back pain is a major health problem in the U.S. and is considered one of the most common job-related disabilities. In fact, according to a National Health Statistics Report by the Center for Disease Control, over 50% of American adults (125 million) have some type of pain in the lower back, sciatica, neck, joints, as well as other related conditions—while 20.3% reported having lower back pain.

If you have been experiencing any of these issues Granite Falls has a great program coming up. Check out our “Un-desk Yourself” class taught by Howie Patterson, CPT coming November 1st. Be sure to register and get your free foam roller before all the spots are taken.