Do not just sit there!
Our bodies have fantastic possibilities to adapt to environmental factors, and this how we spend most of our time will cause some changes in them. The most known from many of the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle are increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease or some type of cancer. But is not the end of the troubles, being a couch potato could also affect our bones, joints and muscles. There is a straightforward rule: If you don't use them, you will lose them!
- Joints cartilage and discs between each of our vertebras absorb necessary nutrition and oxygen during movement, there are like a sponge needs compression and decompression. Prolonged lack of movement leads to increased risk of degeneration process happened.
- Our bones need weight-bearing, without it, may get weaker and loose mineral content.
- Muscles need activity too, prolonged sitting and slouching leads to stiffness, decreased range of motion, loose of strength and endurance. Hamstring and hip flexors are getting tight, quads and gluts are getting weak and soft, chest muscles are pulling our shoulders forward, and weakness in the back muscles provide to winging shoulder blades, muscles on the back of our neck are getting weak and allow those at the front to pull our head forward. Plenty of people, especially students and office workers, are surprised and asking me why they have Dowager's Hump?
Everybody should be aware of the negative effects of being a couch potato and living the sedentary lifestyle, but as we know, the knowledge does not always lead to action.
Regular activities, even a simple one as a walk can be effective to reduce all of the above problems.
So, let's move and do not just sit there!