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Sitting at work can be harmful, and in some cases even deadly!

by Super User
in General
on 05 March, 2014
Last Updated: 06 March, 2014

When you sit for hours at a time, there are many risks. Organ damage, muscle degeneration, and  slowed blood flow are just a few scary issues related to prolonged sitting!

Did you know that sitting can kill you? Ok, obviously not directly. But the effects of sitting for extended periods of time can potentially be fatal in the long run.  Hunching over while at the desk is terrible for your organs. There is an illustration of what sitting can do to your organs in the link below. Sitting up straight when you're at a desk is so important! A lumbar support can be very useful on a desk chair.

The cervical spine is specifically the vertebrae in the neck. These vertebrae tend to shift forward in a sitting position. This can cause over-pronation of the shoulders, which can increase tension in the neck muscles. This can be followed by stiffness in the neck, headaches, and some serious muscle imbalances. You can alleviate some of these symptoms by concentrating on sitting up, rolling your shoulders down, and trying to pinch your scapula behind you. The idea is to be tall, with a long neck. If you are having issues with your neck, CALL ME! I can help you fix it!

Blood circulation is slowed when seated. Your heart rate decreases, the blood moves slower, and over time, VARICOSE VEINS can form. Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue...when blood pools in a superficial vein, it can cause a clot. These clots can move to deeper veins, through the blood stream, and eventually to the lung which causes a PULMONARY EMBOLISM.....which can potentially be life threatening. In addition, varicose veins are a sign to doctors of an increased risk of other, more dangerous problems.

 

As a Corrective Exercise Specialist, I know a lot about the issues relating to prolonged sitting, as well as how to fix them! Call me for a consultation if you have a desk job and want to improve your health! I'd love to help!

 

Check out the link below for more info on the dangers of prolonged sitting.

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/warning-sitting-can-kill-you.html

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