Put simply, yes. This is not pseudo-science BS that I’m just preaching to scare you all. I will explore the scientific evidence that widely supports that sitting for long periods of time does much more harm than good.
But why is sitting the silent killer?
Sitting down commits a flawless, quiet killing because the victim is unaware of it potential harm that extends beyond poor posture and a numb butt.
The effects of sitting are easy to dismiss because it is almost a necessary part of life. Since many of us work from our laptop or computer, the immediate thought would to be sit down at our desks to do so, or lie in bed. Even in primary school, any kid who dare stood up was immediately told to sit back down. Like many other necessary behaviours for a healthy life, like eating enough fruits and vegetables, having less sugar, exercising, drinking water or sleeping enough (the list is endless), the long-term effects don’t hit us till later so why should we care now?
A lengthy list of effects from sitting down too much
- Inactive glutes can cause tight hip abductors to thus create strain in the rest of your body, including the lower back, hips and knees
- Poor posture while sitting down and standing up
- Fatigue and poor mental functioning
- Increased risk of obesity and its correlating health effects
- Increased risk of anxiety and depression
- Increased risk of chronic, and even preventable disease, like type-2 diabetes and some cancers
Remember, standing and sitting properly is not just pulling your shoulders back! It’s being STRAIGHT, so your ears, shoulders and hips are in line with each other, with your body weight distributed evenly at your feet. For more information about the effects of sitting on posture, tune in during the week on our spotlight post on POSTURE! If you want to know how you can combat poor posture, visit Posture Perfect for some helpful tips.