Published on October 21, 2013
Why Is Prolonged Sitting Bad For Your Health?
When it comes to prolonged sitting, the issue is that our bodies are simply not designed to do this all day. Mobility is inherent to good health. For example if are on a long trip, sitting on a plane for 8 hours, your body will probably let you know. Our joints aren’t moving. Our blood isn’t flowing as it should, and our digestion becomes impaired. Even our brains do not function properly.
These impairments can also occur daily, as many of us are sitting for prolonged periods as part of our employment. It becomes important to take every opportunity to get up, stretch and move around throughout the day. Lunch breaks should not be more of the same sitting, but should be an opportunity to get out and move. Grab a quick workout, or even go for a walk.
The same applies to our home environment. If you sit all day and then go home and sit some more, you’re not doing yourself any favours.
Hopefully workplaces will come to realize the negative impact on sitting with regard to public health. Perhaps incentives built into the work environment would promote more mobility. In fact, maybe one day in the not so distant future most of us will have the opportunity to have a standing workstation, or perhaps our meetings won’t be in a boardroom but on a walking path instead.
It’s important for your overall health to take every opportunity throughout your day to get up and move around. Your body will thank you!