By: Coach Kirk
Everyone knows that sitting isn’t the best for you. In fact, it’s one of the worst things for you since we do it so much in our modern life. So what makes sitting so awful?!
Here are a few reasons:
- Weak glutes, hamstrings, and adductors. When you sit in a chair, the only muscles that really work are your quads, and of course, that’s just when you are descending and ascending from the chair.
- Increased weight gain. Your metabolism grinds to a halt when you sit meaning you are hardly burning any calories
- Tight hips, hamstrings, back, and neck muscles. Let’s be real, the majority of us when we sit have terrible posture. That’s enough to destroy our mobility throughout our spine. The immobility of our legs in an awful 90-degree position at both the hip and the knee is about as unnatural as it gets for our bodies.
- There are many more detriments of sitting such as: anxiety, depression, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, varicose veins, and deep vein thrombosis.
So what can you do if your job requires you to sit all the time???
I have a few ideas:
- Stand up and walk as often as possible. Try not to go more than 30 minutes of sitting at any time.
- Adjust your position. You can kneel or stand at your desk. Sit on your knees on top of your chair like here. You might have to rotate the chair so your feet can rest off the edge of the chair.
- Mobilize when you have off-time. Grab a foam roller and roll out when you can between appointments or every 30 minutes.
- SQUAT! Squats will help activate the muscles that have been shut off due to sitting in a chair. Do lots of squats and rest at the bottom of your squat when you can!
There are more options out there like standing desks and chairs that allow you to kneel. Those are great but they don’t come cheap. Nothing can ever make up for getting up, standing up, and actually moving.