Don’t Worry Mike & Jack….
Soon the clocks change & we “spring forward” losing an hour of sleep over the weekend isn’t exactly ideal, but console yourself with the promise of longer, brighter evenings and increased energy levels. So, swerve those nights in front of the telly and embrace the great outdoors. We spend, on average, almost nine hours a day sat down – and that’s not considering the eight hours we spend lying down, asleep.
You might be sat there thinking ‘not me’, but when you break your day down into time spent commuting, sitting at work, commuting back home again and sitting down to watch TV of an evening, it’s easy to see how we manage it.
But our bodies aren’t designed for such lazy living. They’re designed to move and to stand up, our entire system not only functions better, but relies on this movement. We are made up of 360 joints and over 700 muscles that move your skeleton. Our nervous system, which controls everything we do, depends on movement to function.
Let’s highlight some of the effects of a sedentary lifestyle on the human body & how it impacts various organs and bodily systems:
- Many of us have felt the effects of sitting for long periods, especially on our back and shoulders, why? The average person is not able to sit down for more than three minutes without falling into slouched posture. Over time, this creates wear and tear in your discs and joints, overworks your spinal ligaments and puts an enormous strain on your back and neck muscles that are stretched to accommodate this slouched posture.
- When you sit down all day, you also reduce the amount of oxygen entering your body. Lung compression from this posture, which results in less space for your lungs to expand when you breathe, limits the amount of oxygen that fills your lungs.
- Sitting down can limit the fresh blood and oxygen going to the brain, meaning it can decrease levels of our ‘feel-good’ hormones, endorphins, and slow your brain function. It has an impact on your mental wellbeing, we may find it difficult to concentrate on certain tasks as the day progresses. The more we sit, the more sluggish we feel.
- Sitting causes Inflammation and subluxations – nerve interference leading to weakness and dysfunction
So if you feel you need that extra juice, or if aches and pains are holding you back, come see if Living Strong Chiropractic can help.