Is a desk job affecting our health?
Is sitting too long over a vast period of time actually affecting our health? The NHS and studies show that it can increase risks to a number of chronic health problems, be bad for our mental health and even impact metabolism putting us at risk of obesity.
There are many adults in the UK who have a 9-5 job sitting at a desk for a shift of eight hours, but the sitting doesn’t stop there, the inactivity follows them home and research is suggesting that it could be impacting people’s health.
To reduce our risk of inactivity, the NHS specifically recommends at least “150 minutes of activity a week and reduce sitting time” The NHS website actually state that with age the time of sitting increases from seven hours a day to ten hours or more. This is including traveling by car, sitting at a desk, watching tv or reading a book but does not include time sleeping.
Humans are made to be stood upright and our bodies perform at their best in that way. Our cardiovascular system is not strained, our stomachs aren’t kinked in the middle, our shoulders aren’t stooped over sitting over a desk. It is common when people are bed ridden at hospital that they can experience constipation because bowels function at their best when we are walking around increasing blood flow to our entire bodies. When we are physically active our physical and mental wellbeing is better, our energy and endurance levels improve and our bones maintain strength.
Our legs and gluteal muscles (bum muscles) can be negatively impacted by sitting down for long periods of time and can lead to weakening of our large leg muscle. Posture can also be impacted by sitting for a long period of time, at a desk we are at risk of overstraining, our shoulders can hunch over which can lead to back ache after a long day at work. Weak posture can cause poor spine health such as compressions in the discs, leading to premature degeneration which can be painful. It is beneficial to visit your Chiropractor to maintain your posture and stay clear of any negative health impacts you could be experiencing.
The start active, stay active report recommends;
“breaking up long periods of sitting time with shorter bouts of activity for just one to two minutes”
Read the complete report here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/216370/dh_128210.pdf
Get Britain Standing list their Top 10 Health risks that grow the higher your hours of sitting in the day are.
3.Diabetes – Type 2
Our top tips to get active during a busy working day:
•Take up a physical hobby – could be a fitness class, a dance class, walking your kids to school instead of driving or even gardening!
•Want to watch TV at night? Get up in the breaks and have a walk around
•Do you take public transport? Opt for standing over sitting on a seat
•When you’re on the phone try and walk around
•Encourage the kids to get active, help around with chores throughout the house, playing sports and playing outside.
Sitting is a part of life and something that cannot be avoided but it is something that if we are mindful about that we could limit and avoid it excessively. Preventative measures are a lot easier to introduce in our lives than an unwanted diagnosis in the future.
Why not try regular sessions with our chiropractor - Luke Ramsay - to keep you limber and mobile. Stiff muscles? Have you considered a sports massage to clear those aches and pains? Introducing fitness after a long period of time? Do your due diligence and make sure that you are visiting an insured and qualified professional that can cater to your needs but also your health problems.