Five Ways Prolonged Sitting Impacts Your Health

Any extended sitting β€” at a desk, behind a wheel or in front of a screen β€” can be harmful.

Research has linked sitting for prolonged periods with increased body fat, high blood pressure and musculoskeletal issues like low back pain. Too much sitting can also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and death.

While it may not be possible to get up all the time, it’s important to prioritize movement when you can. You might start by simply standing rather than sitting. Or, find ways to walk while you work. Here are some ideas:

  • Take a break from sitting every 30 mins.
  • Stand while talking on the phone.
  • If you work at a desk, try a standing desk β€” or improvise with a high table or counter.
  • Walk with your colleagues for meetings rather than sitting in a conference room.

Struggling with back pain, hip pain or other issues? Check out our instagram reel, “McGill’s Big 3 Exercises For Core Stability,” , or reach out for an appointment today.

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