Ever noticed how much time you spend sitting? Between working, carpooling kids, watching their sports games, and bingeing shows, there’s not a lot of time for us to get moving. Problem is, the more we sit, the worse we feel, and the more damage we’re doing to our overall health.
At The Vital Stretch, we know how easy it is to fall into the trap of being overly sedentary. You sit too much, causing different body parts to hurt. This makes you want to move less, so you sit more. It’s a vicious cycle, and one that can lead you down an unhealthy path to more pain, stiffness, and even disease.
Luckily, we are here to help. Through assisted stretching and our helpful tips to get moving, we can help you get you on the road to recovery.
The Dangers of Sitting Too Much
Sitting too much can boost pain, tighten hip flexors, and hamstring muscles, and stiffen joints. This can lead to balance issues, gait problems, back pain, and more. Being too sedentary can also increase your risk of chronic issues such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression.
According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Oncology, sitting too much also can lead to more serious conditions like cancer.
How to Combat the Effects of Too Much Sitting
The best way to combat (and hopefully reverse) the negative effects of too much sitting is by moving. According to the researchers of that JAMAO study mentioned earlier, we should all aim to be moderately or vigorously active for at least 150 minutes every week. That’s about 21 minutes every day.
That’s easier said than done if you’re dealing with sore joints, tight muscles, or aggravated injuries. If that’s the case, it’s time to get stretched! PNF stretching is a combination of stretching and contracting your muscles. If performed by a certified stretch practitioner like those at TVS, this form of stretching has been proven to boost flexibility and increase your range of motion and strength.
Now that you’re feeling more limber, it’s time to get moving. Here are a few easy ways to schedule some extra exercise into your already packed schedule.
Easy Ways to Get Moving
Now that you know why over sitting is bad for your body, it’s time to do something about it. Try our tips to get moving today and you’ll be well on your way to good health.