Let’s go through a common daily routine. You lay down to sleep, sit to eat breakfast, sit to commute to work, sit at work, sit to come back home, to eat dinner and then lay down to rest.
At not one point are we significantly testing the capability of our heart to pump blood or our limbs to move us in space. Dr Sahota (interviewed on our #ASKELL podcast) also provided evidence that this leads to chronic inflammation.
Summary of the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=48&v=wUEl8KrMz14
Summary from the Mayo Clinic:
- Physical inactivity may increase the risks of certain cancers.
- Physical inactivity may contribute to anxiety and depression.
- Physical inactivity has been shown to be a risk factor for certain cardiovascular diseases.
- People who engage in more physical activity are less likely to develop coronary heart disease.
- People who are more active are less likely to be overweight or obese.
- Sitting too much may cause a decrease in skeletal muscle mass.
- Physical inactivity is linked to high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels.
So what do we do? Well, ideally, you would be exercising at least five hours a week…. two and a half??? Ok then we need some seated mobilisation exercises.
The video in this post is an extract from the resources we provide our patients with for pain rehabilitation BUT this is still a useful video for gentle spinal mobilisations. Give them a go.
The benefit is that your tissues will lay down less “fuzz”, adhesions in our deep skin called fascia and your mobility won’t take such a huge hit from sitting. BUT remember to keep as active as possible. This isn’t strenuous exercise
Give it a go, share it around your office and let us know how you get on