Why Excessive Sitting Is Harmful to Your Health

Sitting around is sometimes warranted after you’ve had a long day; however, too much sitting can be harmful. You might have a desk job that requires you to be seated for most of the day, so how do you keep moving to stay healthy? Once you figure this out, you’ll be on the road to a healthier, more fit you.

At Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine, our goal is take care of your achy body, whether it’s from your joints or your muscles. Dr. Mark Conliffe will listen to your complaint, do an exam, and get you a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs. 

Is sitting too much really harmful?

You might think sitting at your desk during work or spending the day in your recliner is totally harmless, but you’d be wrong. Although the seated position is a common one these days because of long work days, travel, and commuting, it isn’t doing you or your body much good. You burn much fewer calories when you sit than you would standing or walking.

But is lounging around or working at a desk all day truly harmful? The answer is an astounding yes. It can actually be incredibly bad for your overall health. A sedentary lifestyle can lead to a multitude of health problems, including:

Another way sitting affects your health is that it can promote weight gain. When you’re up and moving around, you’re constantly burning calories. However, when you're seated for most of the day, you aren’t burning off energy, which can, in turn, lead to an extra few pounds. The worst part is, even if you exercise, long days of sitting can actually undo all of that hard work you put in.

Posture is an important part of our musculoskeletal system. Many of us, though, don’t practice good posture. With extended periods of sitting, your back, neck, and spine muscles become stressed, leading to pain and discomfort, which can, over time, lead to permanent damage.

Tips on staying active 

Even if you have a job that requires you to sit for long periods, that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to include standing and walking in your work day. There are plenty of imaginative ways to incorporate more activity into your day that will keep your mind and body healthier. Try some of the following things:

Adding just a little activity throughout your day can lead to burning more calories and having more energy. This can help you lose some weight and feel pretty good about yourself. You don’t need to run a marathon to stay healthy; just adding some light activity throughout your day can make a huge difference.

At our office, Dr. Conliffe offers many avenues for treating all of your aches and pains. One of the things he offers is called physical medicine. This treatment encompasses several different therapies, including:

These approaches to your musculoskeletal health can help you to get rid of your pain and discomfort that may come from poor posture with too much sitting. Dr. Conliffe can help you decide which of these treatments will help you get back to being healthy.

Sitting for extended periods can cause aches and pains, so if you're in need of treatment, call our office at 502-771-1012, or book an appointment online today.

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