Yes we go to the gym, but how active are we really?
It’s been said that “sitting is the new smoking” and this is because of the negative health effects seen in people who sit for large number of hours each day.
It can be hard to escape for people with a desk job or students. When you think about the amount of hours we spend moving vs sitting each week, it can be quite small for some of us. For example if you spend 1hr in the gym four times a week, this is equal to four hours. If you have a seated job and commute to Sydney, that probably looks something like sitting 50 hours a week. Suddenly the gym time doesn’t look so spectacular.
So what actually happens when you’re seated for long periods of time?
The synovial fluids that nourishes joints is slowly pushed out of them, there is excess compression on the low back, and typically forward head and rounded shoulders. I’m not saying that sitting is the worst thing ever, but sitting for massive periods of time certainly is.
So make sure that your’re regularly changing positions, walking where you can and stretching throughout the day. It’s important to keep moving, as that is how joints are nourished and lubricated. Remember water makes up approximately 2/3 of cartilage, so keep hydrated!
As the old saying goes, “use it or lose it”. The body only hangs onto what resources are needed, so if you decrease activity massively you will see changes in strength and size of muscle, strength and integrity of connective tissue such as ligaments and tendons. Movement is medicine, so use it wisely!
Keep active and talk to you soon,
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