On Your Feet!

Berkhamsted Chiropractic Clinic Get Britain Standing

British people sit for 8.9 hours each day (on average).

In recent years a variety of major international research has produced compelling evidence that sitting for more than 4 hours each day leads to:

  • Enzymes responsible for burning harmful blood fats shutting down
  • Reduced calorie burning (Metabolic rate)
  • Disrupted blood sugar levels
  • Increased insulin and blood pressure levels
  • Leg muscles switch off

Irrespective of your level of physical activity, the result leads to increased risks of:

1. Heart disease
2. Diabetes
3. Obesity
4. Cancer
5. Back ache
6. Dementia
7. Depression
8. Muscle degeneration

Let's focus on No 5: Bad back / Inflexible spine: spines that don't move become inflexible and susceptible to damage in mundane activities. When we move around soft discs between the vertebrae expand & contract like sponges soaking up fresh blood and nutrients. When we sit for a long time disks are squashed unevenly and lose sponginess. Collagen hardens around supporting tendons and ligaments.

Strained neck: if most of your sitting occurs at a desk at work craning your neck toward a keyboard or tilting your head to cradle a phone while typing can strain the cervical vertebrae and lead to permanent imbalances.

We recommend you calculate the hours you spend sitting on an average "working day". Make sure you include your sitting time whilst at work, commuting and at home.

Check out the Top 10 health risks which grow for people who sit longer than 4 hours a day. Are you sitting whilst reading this....STAND UP! :)

Source: Get Britain Standing