Most of our patients sit at their desk all day! Some of you work as much as 12-16 hours a day, looking at the computer screen. So how is it affecting us and what can we do about it?
New research has shown that prolonged sitting can contribute to Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes and even contribute to Colon Cancer. We are not even talking about the back pain and neck pain that comes from it, but how it is also affecting our organs and overall wellness.
So now the question is what can we do about it?
Many of us have no choice. We can’t just get up and leave work early. In fact, with this never ending crisis, many of you have to work extra hours to keep up with the ever increasing work load. I can understand that. So what options do we have?
The key is movement! Even just getting up once an hour, for 5 minutes will make a huge difference. The best way is to fill up your water bottle in the morning (1.5 L) and to start drinking it. Not only does staying hydrates help you with your overall energy, but it also helps you to decrease muscles spasms. The second benefit is that it makes you get up every so often to go to the restroom. Even if you forget to get up, your body will remind you.
Another great way to combat the problems that come with prolonged sitting is to sign up at a gym nearby and go for a 30 minute work out over lunchtime. Not only does it help your body, but also you will have much more energy for the rest of the day, the brain fog disappears and you can actually concentrate better at work.
Last if you really can’t get away during work time then go for a bit of exercise before or after work. It does not matter what you do, the important thing is the movement in itself.
Another great option is to request one standing desk from your Company that can be shared between the employees.
Wherever possible try not to sit! Let’s say you are working late at night or you are on a conference call. Try to do it lying down or walk around with your laptop. Sitting more so then any other activity is putting the most amount of pressure on the discs. So try to avoid it whenever you can.
Just a final thought! The patients that have the least amount of physical problems are the ones that exercise regularly and come in for wellness care at our clinic.