July 9, 2017
Prolonged Sitting Can Ruin All Your Gains In The Gym
We all know the harmful effects of sitting for long and is not good for our health. People with desk jobs often suffer from upper back issues. But a new research now shows that sitting for long at one place is harmful even if you exercise regularly.
Regular exercise, particularly higher levels of physical activity, appears to blunt these harmful effects somewhat but may not eliminate them entirely. An analysis of more than a dozen studies concluded that we need at least 60 minutes a day of moderately intense exercise (such as brisk walking, doubles tennis or ballroom dancing) to counter the increased risk of premature death due to prolonged sitting.
But another study found that the same amount of exercise which is more than most physically active people get doesn’t undo the negative effects of sitting on insulin levels and blood fats. The damage from prolonged sitting is thought to be due to reduced muscle activity, especially in the large muscles of the legs and back, which can decrease the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar and remove harmful blood fats.
How You Can Prevent Lower Back Pain This Year
2. Take breaks from sitting.
Between long car trips and watching the kids at the pool, summer can be a season of prolonged sitting. According to a 2015 study, there is a significant relationship between total sitting time and low back pain. The researchers included sitting for recreational and leisure purposes in their study.
Stretching has been shown to be an effective method to prevent low back pain. Regular stretching works by increasing flexibility and thereby decreasing pressure on the back, especially uneven pressure resulting from poor flexibility. Developing the right stretching program will help you to build strong and flexible muscles that will help to prevent injury.