written by: Nem
Prolonged sitting and inactivity has been linked to many health concerns. This includes heart disease, type II diabetes, musculoskeletal issues, loss of muscle mass, fat gain and even the risk of premature death goes up according to certain studies. Considering the current social distancing restrictions due to COVID-19, this is especially relevant as staying home to stay safe, can mean moving less.
One of the first signs of negative effects of prolonged sitting includes musculoskeletal complaints like:
This is usually the result of spending too much time in a slouched position where the lower back loses its natural curvature, upper back rounds and head protrudes forward.
Most jobs today require sitting, so it's understandable that these issues are so prominent in our society. Luckily with a few changes to your daily routine, you can largely avoid the negative effects of sitting and set up yourself for success.
One of the proposed solutions is to constantly maintain this ideal or perfect posture.