Is Sitting Killing You?
You have probably read recently how bad sitting can be for you. I have even read it to be as bad as smoking. If you work at a computer, you likely sit during work hours. You also likely sit during your commute. Then when you get home you also sit to eat, read, or watch TV. It is safe to say that most desk workers spend a very high percentage of their day either sitting or lying down (while sleeping).
Contrary to the headlines, sitting itself is not that bad for you. The human species has been sitting throughout history. Babies sit as soon as they are strong enough to hold themselves up If it were as bad as portrayed, there would not be 7 billion+ humans on the planet today. The problem with sitting is being in that position for too long, too often. There can also be problems with standing too long and too often. Staying in any single position is problematic for our bodies. It causes repetitive stress injuries. The problem with sitting too much is that it causes our bodies to assume that position even when not seated. Our hips tuck forward, the spine curves forward (looking like a 'C'), the shoulders slouch, and the head shifts forward. This is not a natural posture and it will cause pain over time. The pain most often manifests itself in the lower back, but can also show up in other parts of the body.