Why sitting all day is bad for your back!

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you know now that we feel passionate about getting people out of their sedentary lifestyles. Sitting all day has been shown time and again in studies to negatively impact our health and wellbeing both physically and mentally.

Following are some of the best reasons to get up out of your seat and move. Hopefully, these top ten reasons why you shouldn’t sit all day, will be the motivation you need to change your daily habits.

Why You Shouldn't Sit All Day

  1. We simply were not meant to sit all day. Evolution has not evolved from our hunting and gathering days to the point where our bodies are programmed to sit statically. In fact,we are meant to move and be active. Forcing our body to sit still for long periods of time is not a good thing.
  2. It is unhealthy. When you sit down in a chair multiple things happen. Your calorie burn goes close to zero. Your circulation is reduced and restricted. The amount of oxygen you take in is reduced. Your organs are crowded and squished together. All this has been linked to multiple diseases including cardiovascular, diabetes, heart, and other ailments including skeletal issues.
  3. It’s no fun. Sitting slows down everything in our body. We tend to get more tired and have less energy. We tend to reach for sweets and caffeine to offset these effects. These combinations can increase mood swings and make people more irritable.
  4. Exercising after work doesn’t do it. We tend to compensate for all the inactivity of working all day by vigorously exercising after work. Studies show that this does not make up for the damage done to the body from inactivity and everything we can do to increase activity during the day greatly improves health.
  5. Bad things accumulate. A disease doesn’t happen overnight. Mostly sitting statically for 8 to 10 hours a day, day after day, adds up. The impact and negative effects might not show up until later but they are happening. Sitting actively, day after day, also has a cumulative effect and this is very healthy for your body.
  6. It costs a lot of money to counteract these negative effects. Once the toll of sitting all day has wrecked havoc on your health, you’ll be in overdrive in other areas to regain your health.
  7. Brain function is reduced as well. Again, less blood flow and less brain enhancing hormones are flowing to the brain when you sit stationary. This reduces concentration and impedes learning and performance.
  8. Chairs often cause back and other pain The chairs we sit in are not necessarily ergonomically designed for us or proper for our body and we sit in ways that can be detrimental to our back, arms, and joints throughout our body.
  9. Your muscle mass is shrinking – Your muscles break down from inactivity and you become weaker, which reduces the amount of blood that is pumped to your heart. Your bone mass is also reduced up to 1% a year.
  10. It’s killing you. Sedentary sitting for an average of 6 hours a day 5 days a week increases the chance of dying from heart disease by 64%, while prostate or breast cancer increases by 30%.

The facts are undeniable; sitting stationary all day is terrible for your mind and body. By investing in a motion chair like swopper, muvman, oyo or 3Dee, you will mitigate all the negative effects of sitting mentioned above, while also having some fun.

 

-Chas Hepler

President & CEO

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