Picture this: You work at a desk for 8 hours a day. Then you drive home for an hour-long commute. You sit down to eat dinner, then move to the couch to watch TV and relax. After a few hours with your feet up on the coffee table, you head upstairs and go to bed.
This is a pretty common day among many Americans. But now think about this: how many hours a day are you moving? If your day looks like the above, you probably move less than three hours a day. If that’s the case, you live what is officially considered a sedentary lifestyle, recently coined as “sitting disease.” While sitting disease isn’t an official medical term just yet, it’s a serious problem that is absolutely wreaking havoc on the health of many.
Being active for less than 3 hours a day increases your risk of the following:
- Chronic diseases
- Organ damage
- Spine damage
- Muscle degeneration
- Leg disorders
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
- Feelings of depressions
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Musculoskeletal problems
As you can tell, sitting disease and a sedentary lifestyle are very serious. What’s even crazier is that about 86% of employees in the United States sit for the entire workday. And when combined with at-home and leisure activities, most people sit for between 8 and 13 hours a day. Even with regular exercise (even daily exercise!), the effects of sitting disease affect every single person who sits too much, regardless of their overall health, how much they weigh, and if they smoke or not.
So what can you do? Here at Greater Life Chiropractic, we are passionate about helping our community get healthier in every area of life, and we are ready to join forces with our practice members to take on sitting disease and stop it in its path!
Here are the best things to do to combat sitting disease and all the awful things that can come along with it.
Get Up and Move!
Studies have shown that exercise at the end or beginning of a day doesn’t make up for constant sitting. You have to break up the sitting and reduce it. The general rule of thumb is to try to move for 10 minutes for every hour that you’re sitting. That can be difficult, but it’s a true matter of health that should be prioritized.
Stand While Working
Standing desks have become more popular in recent years, but they are highly undervalued, in our opinion. Standing desks not only allow you to stand while you’re working, which means you aren’t sitting, but they allow make it easier for you to keep your computer at eye level, which can significantly reduce the strain on your neck and back. It can be hard to go from sitting all day to standing all day, so if you make the change, try easing into it by alternating sitting and standing for 30 minutes each throughout the day. Eventually, you will build up the endurance to stand the entire day, which will bring about huge benefits for your health.
Visit Our Charlotte Chiropractic Office
Sitting for long periods of time has many lasting negative effects. But it can also wreak havoc on your health pretty quickly after beginning a desk job. Weight gain, headaches, back pain, and more are sometimes immediate side-effects of sitting all day. Thankfully, chiropractic can help. Not only can going to a chiropractor improve pain related to the spine, but it can also help you manage a healthier weight, get rid of headaches, and improve your overall posture.
To learn more about Charlotte chiropractic care, contact Greater Life Chiropractic. Dr. Grant Lisetor and his team are passionate about helping you overcome any health-related challenges you’re facing and helping you live a greater life through neurologically-based chiropractic care.