You’ve Gotta Be Sitting Me!

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Okay--so we all know that hours staring at social media sites, Netflix binges, and all around couch potato-ism isn't doing any favours for our health. But the specific act of sitting down is a dangerous health threat, a lethal activity, and increases our risk of dying sooner? Hang on--I think I need to sit down for a moment. Oh wait, I already am.

Shot of a businessman rubbing his aching back while sitting at his desk in front of his computer

While we won't go as far as some of the articles listed above, there is something to be said about the health implications of many of our 9-to-5 lifestyles. The truth is, an alarming number of North Americans sit down in front of a screen at work all day, only to return home and do the same thing until they go to bed and repeat the process all over again. The hours of glutes-to-chair contact really do add up, and it's no surprise that it takes a toll on our bodies.

What Impact Does This Sit Have On My Health?

According to WebMD, recent studies show that sitting for long hours is linked to everything from obesity, to heart disease, and even worse mental health. Of course, being in the same position all day can also lead to bad posture, increasing your chance of injury and impeding healthy movement.

Experts also point out that even regular exercise isn't enough to reverse the damage. A quick gym session or a jog simply doesn't cut it when you've been sitting for the rest of your waking hours.

How Can I Make My Day Less Sitty?

One great way to tackle the problem head-on is to use a standing workstation. More and more employers understand the benefits of these types of desks, and of course, a healthy employee is a productive one.

That being said, a standing desk is probably not an option for the average desk jockey out there, and there are other solutions. The biggest thing to remember is to break up your sitting time. Try to get up from your desk and take a walk around every 30 minutes if possible. Be creative! Set standing reminders on your computer, and skip the boardroom for a walk and talk meeting instead. 

What Else Can Remedy The Sit-uation?

If you're living with the side effects of bad posture from a lifestyle of sitting, it may take more than increasing your standing time to get you back on track. Chiropractic treatment and massage therapy can help improve joint function and repair soft tissue, so you can start leading a more healthy and active lifestyle.

Think sitting is having an impact on your health and can't stand it anymore? Contact Downsview Chiropractic today, and we'll help you find a solution. From couch-busting advice to hands-on therapy, we can help you start moving and feeling your best again.

Dr. Joel Weisberg is the Clinic Director and Principal Doctor at Downsview Chiropractic The difference it makes to a patient when they learn, receive appropriate care, feel cared for, and are empowered to self-manage, is often bigger than the relief they were seeking. Dr. Weisberg is driven to make that difference to people in their pursuit of a life lived well™.