This blog is aimed at those of us who spend the majority of our working day in a seated position. It probably isn’t news to you that the position we hold ourselves in for prolonged periods of time can cause or exacerbate a lot of musculoskeletal issues including neck and back pain. This is because sitting on a chair for a prolonged period of time is unnatural; it can be argued that we are designed to stand, sit in a full squat position or lie down. Therefore, it is important to make sure that we take regular breaks from sitting during the working day in order to mobilise our joints, muscles and connective tissue and to reduce the risk of repetitive strain injury.
It is also important to ensure that you are taking part in some form of physical activity where possible to counteract the detrimental effects of sitting. It is increasingly becoming apparent that the act of sitting and/or lying for too long during the day has a detrimental effect on our health. A large scale study (1) found that compared to those who sat the least, those who sat the longest had an increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular events and premature death from all causes.
National guidelines suggest that adults take part in two types of physical activity due to our increasingly immobile lifestyles. Adults between the ages of 19 and 64 should complete at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week such as cycling or walking, and strengthening exercises on two days per week covering all major muscle groups. (2)
Here at Refitt we specialise on exercise rehabilitation, and have a number of classes available including boot camp and Pilates classes. As well as this we also have personal training sessions available to not only help you to increase your levels of physical activity, but also to reach your own training goals. If you would like more information, or to book a session with one of our therapist, get in contact with us.
Wilmot EG, Edwardson CL, Achana FA, et al. Sedentary time in adults and the association with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and death: systematic review and meta-analysis. Diabetologia. Published online August 14 2012
Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults. Retrieved from http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/physical-activity-guidelines-for-adults.aspx