• 5 Steps to Reduce Risk & Health Issues Related to Sitting

    by Dr. Lori Nuzzi
    on Jun 27th, 2017

The mayo clinic has made these statements about health issues due to sitting for long periods of time:

There is much more research with how sitting is killing us. I agree, the sedentary posture that most of Americans are in for 8-10 hours per day is increasing our risks for heart disease, diabetes and other comorbidities. Clearly, scientific evidence shows we are at higher risk of health issues due to long periods of sitting.

As much as possible you need to get up and stretch or go for a walk. Get moving as much as you can when not at work. Increase your activity, activity is in your day to day activities. Exercise is an event, you need different clothes and usually some equipment. Increasing your activity is easy - park in the farthest parking spot from the door, use the bathroom that is farther away, use the stairs, go for a walk during your lunch break, etc.

When you are seated for long periods of time at your desk here are a few tips you need to abide by so you do not end up with neck and back pain. The kind of pain the which discourages physical activity at best, or restricts it at worse.

If you need adjacent papers to assist your work you should invest in a desktop document holder. This will keep the paper at an angle which will not affect your neck. If you work on a laptop this can be tricky to set up a proper workstation. I recommend getting a separate keyboard and mouse. Then you can bring the screen up to your eye level with books and your arms will not be reaching forward for the keyboard and mouse. If you work from home I never recommend sitting on a bed or couch. Get supported. Sit at your dining table with a supportive chair, you can even invest in a lumbar support to keep you sitting up right.

As the Mayo Clinic has said, sitting too long can kill you - reduce your risk and related health issues. Time for me to get up and get that cup of tea. Want to join me? Share your comments below.

Author Dr. Lori Nuzzi

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