Don’t Sit, Stretch!

Don’t Sit, Stretch!

It doesn’t matter where you are sitting, office, at home, in front of the TV, or at school, sitting harms your health.  It’s really ok to sit, but just not for too long!

Why Sitting Too Long is Bad

Sitting for long periods without getting up can have devastating effects.  You increase your risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer.

Sitting too long is also bad for your back.  Your muscles tighten, and as a result, you feel pain.  It also affects your posture.  Sitting too long can also compress your spine, causing pain.

Long hours of sitting can even undo the benefits of exercising.

Why You Should Stretch More Often

The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) released a report on the benefits of workplace stretching.  As a side note, this benefits anyone who sits for long periods regardless of whether it’s work or just sitting around the house all day.

Here’s how stretching can help you be more successful:

  • Reduces injuries from repetitive movements, such as wrist and hand injuries, tennis elbow, and rotator cuff trauma.
  • It Helps reduces sprains and muscle strains on the shoulders, knees, and lower back, reducing the risk of musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Can reduce stress at home or in the workplace.
  • It helps with productivity.

When you sit for long periods, you can experience back, neck, and shoulder pain.  When you are in pain, it is difficult to concentrate and, your productivity suffers.  Stretching can help you reduce stress and work pain-free.  You not only feel better,  but you can also get more done because you feel good and have more energy.

Stretching is essential for well-being, and stretching helps you break the pattern of sitting too long.  Taking time to stretch is vital to a work/life balance, and stretching keeps you healthy, free from pain, and working at optimal levels. Start a professionally assisted stretch routine today at Stretch Authority.

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