Nearly everyone we see at CostaSpine – from athletes to the everyday person – has some form of issues relating to their glutes and hips. This is simply a result of too much sitting throughout the day
Our bodies are designed to constantly move, so why aren’t we? Over the years we have gone from a moving society to a sitting society. It is no surprise that we have all these issues occurring
Humans are built to stand upright. Even your cardiovascular system works more effectively when we are upright compared to the sitting or standing position
By being physically active, your overall energy levels, endurance and bones strength increase
What happens to our body when we sit for long periods?
Pecs : When we sit, we tend to round our shoulders. This position is not ideal for the Pec muscles as they shorten. These can be stretched by standing in a doorway with your hands at shoulder height. Walk forward till you start to feel a slight stretch occurring in your chest
Hip flexors : With the sitting position, the hip flexors naturally are in a shortened position. These can be lengthened by holding a lunge with your knee on the floor and back in a neutral position.
Hamstrings : The hamstrings get shortened much the same way that the hip flexors do. From your desk to your car, to your couch. Stretch them by lying on your back with one leg raised up against the wall.
Did you know that sitting not only affects your musculoskeletal system? Sitting also raises your risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
The effects of too much sitting are hard to counter with exercise. Even if you work out 8 hours a week, far more than the suggested 2 to 3 hours, you can’t reverse the effects of sitting 7 hours at a time.
Don’t throw away all that hard work at the gym by hitting the couch for the rest of the day.
A pilates class is a great way to ensure great movement through the body and allows the body to do what it is designed to do….MOVE.
Get your posture assessed by a professional who can identify the conditions which will lead to problems in the near future.
Yours in Healthcare