Did you know that your body is basically built to move and not sit for longer periods of time? The purpose of sitting is just to recover or recuperate after the body is exhausted. We are simply going against the nature by making it sit for longer periods than required and thus inviting health problems that would otherwise not trouble us.
According to this video by TED-ED, sitting for a longer period affects our spine. Generally people sit with a curved back and slumped shoulders, a position that puts uneven pressure on your spine. Over the time, it causes wear and tear in your spinal discs. This hunched shape also shrinks your chest cavity while you sit, which leaves less space for your lungs to expand when you breath. This also limits the amount of oxygen that fills your lungs.
Sitting and not moving for a large chunk of time also results in numbness and swelling in limbs. The areas that are most compressed – your nerves, arteries and veins can become blocked.
If you are doing a job that requires a lot of thinking, just sitting and working is probably not a good idea. As per the video, being stationary reduces the amount of blood flow and the amount of oxygen entering your blood stream through your lungs. Your brain requires both of these things, so your concentration levels will most likely dip. Taking a break every once in a while in crucial to let the creative juices flow.
In long term, a sedentary job can lead to some types of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, kidney and liver problem.
So, are you moving enough?
If your answer is ‘NO’, take a note:
* Aim to move around as much as you can
* Get up every half hour from your desk
* Remember bodies are built for motion and not stillness
If you answer is ‘YES’, congratulations, you are a smart worker!
Watch the video: