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As it turns out, a sedentary lifestyle can do more harm than a stiff neck or lower back pain. The average American normally sits for as long as eight hours a day. This significantly increases his risk of developing serious health problems, because it disrupts the circulation and leads to insulin buildup. This is the main culprit of diabetes, heart disease, and several types of cancer.

  • Heart disease – Heart disease is considered the leading cause of death in United States. Sitting for too long can increase a person’s risk of developing cardiovascular diseases by slowing down the body’s ability to burn fatty deposits in the arteries.
  • Cancer – A person has a higher risk of developing breast, colon, and endometrial cancer if he sits too long. One theory that explains this is that insulin buildup contributes in abnormal cell growth. Lowering your level of physical activity can also cause a faster buildup of free radical cells that can potentially contribute to a person’s risk of developing cancer.
  • Orthopedic problems – Prolonged sitting can cause and/or worsen disc disease, spinal rigidity, muscle atrophy, and bone density loss.

Unfortunately, recent studies have revealed that an hour or two of vigorous physical activity is not enough to completely eradicate the negative effects of sitting. Spine Center of Texas advises everyone to make it a point to not sit for more than 30 minutes at a time. It will be more beneficial if a person takes a small break to stretch and walk even for a few minutes around the home or office. If prolonged sitting can’t be avoided, make sure to follow the following guidelines:

  • Avoid leaning forward
  • Make sure the shoulders are relaxed
  • Keep arms at the side and bend elbows at a 90 degree angle
  • Support the lower back
  • Make sure to keep feet flat on the floor

Spine Center of Texas believes in holistic approaches when it comes to achieving wellness. To learn more how you can keep your back and joints healthy, contact Spine Center of Texas today and schedule an appointment.

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