What does a day's worth of sitting do to your back?
Sit up straight and brace yourself as you read: prolonged sitting is killing you slowly and this is no exaggeration. The human body was not made to sit for prolonged periods of time and as a result, it takes a serious toll on our physical and mental well-being. Here are some of the ways that sitting negatively affects your spine:
- Damages your spine by increasing downward compression
- Damages organs and
- Compresses your abdomen and interferes with digestion
- Encourages poor posture which carries over into other positions
- Tightens certain muscles and underworks others, leading to muscular imbalance
In the end, sitting is literally taking unquantifiable years off of your life. The solution is to get up and move; in fact, this is the greatest way to stay feeling young. If you are tasked with sitting on a daily basis, make sure you are proactive in fighting the risk factors that come along with it.