I was reading an article several weeks ago about How sitting is the new Smoking. While I know we all have bad habits (I think that I only have one which is 2.5 cups of coffee a day and my wife says I have a lot more), this has become a very unhealthy habit and majority of our society is in such a fast-paced technology, sit all day and computer world.
According to Dr. Levine from the Mayo Clinic, Americans spend over half of their entire waling day sitting at a desk at home or work, in front of the TV or driving. This excessive amount of sitting is not only more dangerous than smoking, but the long-term implications increase the risk factor of cardiovascular disease, diabetes. several types of cancer and neck/back pain by prolong sitting. On average, I try to have at least 10,000 steps per day, but I also try to limit the amount of time that I spend sitting at the computer doing my paperwork and writing. I get up and walk around at least every 30 to 45 minutes in order reduce stress on my spine and upper back.
Recently, I've been asked to write more letters on getting standing desk for many of my patients. I tell them this new standing desk will reduce the amount of stress on their spine controlled, help control weight more and decrease the amount of pressure on the spine.
They should try to do at least one third standing to third sitting. As a Chiropractor, the amount of movement in the spine is directly connected to the amount of nervous system energy flow because motion is health. The more movement that you’re having on your entire body the better off and healthier that you will be. If you sit for long periods of time your body will become "stoved or locked up" reducing movement, tightening muscles, compressing joints/discs and pooling fluids in the body.
So, get up and move every 45 minutes, ask for a standing desk, exercise/stretch at least 30 minutes a day and keep your spine and nervous system free from interference by getting regular Chiropractic adjustments.