Research has linked sitting for prolonged periods to a number of health concerns such as increased blood pressure, diabetes, being overweight and a direct correlation with early death. Too much sitting can also be bad for your mental health, leading to anxiety and depression. As a physiotherapist, a big cause of lower back pain in my clients is due to prolonged periods of being sedentary.
As human beings, our bodies are designed for regular movement and to stand on two feet.
The American Heart Association encourages us all to “Sit less, move more,” which echoes the fact that those people that sat for less than 30 minutes had the lowest risk of mortality.
However, office workers are the not the only occupations requiring prolonged periods in that deathly computer chair, many of our tradesman and truck drivers are also subject to such risks. Another common population that flies under the radar are our adolescents and students, who spend much of their time studying.