Stand Up! Sitting Isn’t Healthy, Says Newport Beach Chiropractor
A new study conducted by the University of Missouri confirms what you already knew: sitting at a desk for hours a day is not good for your health.
Eleven young men participated in the study, which required them to sit for a period of six hours. Study participants were not supposed to move their legs, which hung above the floor. They were allowed to read or use a computer. Researchers measured the men’s blood flow both before and after their session of being seated.
The results show that six hours of sitting is not healthy. The vasculature function in one of the leg’s main arteries was reduced by more than 50 percent. In addition, researchers discovered that prolonged sitting also reduced blood flow to the arms. A 10-minute stroll reversed the effects of being seated on the legs, but it did not improve the decreased function in the arms. The findings were published recently in the journal Experimental Physiology.
Tips for office workers who spend long hours at their desks:
- One alternative is a stand-up desk, or an adjustable desk that converts from sitting to standing as needed. Be aware, however, that prolonged standing should be avoided.
- Get some exercise during your lunch break.
- Stand up during coffee breaks, and when you’re on the phone.
- You can get an app for your phone that reminds you when it’s time to stand.
- Get up and move for at least 10 minutes every hour.
Guidelines for sitting, developed by an international panel of experts, were published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine earlier this year. The guidelines say people should get a combined two to four hours of standing and light activity spread throughout the workday.
Another study found that fidgeting may actually be a healthy alternative to sitting. The information was drawn from the UK Women’s Cohort Study, which has followed 13,000 women for about 20 years. The women were asked to rate on a scale of 1 to 10 how much they fidget. Sedentary women who fidgeted a lot had the same risk of dying as those who weren’t especially sedentary. But women who didn’t fidget had an increased risk for mortality.
Too much sitting also leads to poor posture, with its own associated drawbacks, such as forward head posture, lower back pain and neck pain. If you think you’re experiencing the negative effects of sitting too much, you might want to pay a visit Dr. Nona Djavid of Wellness Choice Center is Newport Beach, California.
Dr. Nona is one of a handful of chiropractors in Orange County trained in Chiropractic BioPhysics, the most scientific, researched and results-oriented corrective chiropractic technique. Correct posture is at the core of the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) method of treatment. CBP techniques can help realign the spine back to its normal structural alignment.
Dr. Djavid has helped thousands of Newport Beach, Irvine, Newport Coast, Corona Del Mar, and Costa Mesa, California, residents live healthier lives.
Contact Wellness Choice Center at 949-387-1333 for a free consultation and exam to see if you qualify for care.