Your desk job can be harmful for your body in a variety of ways.
The average adult in the United States spends almost eight hours a day sitting in front of a desk. While sitting all the time may not put obvious stress on your body, it can lead to many health issues. The following is a list from our chiropractor in Blaine of a few of the many negative consequences of sitting at a desk all day:
#1. Cardiovascular Issues
When you sit for a long period of time, your blood flows slower and your muscles burn less fat. This means that your body is allowing more fatty acids to reach and potentially clog your heart. People who lead sedentary lives not only have higher cholesterol and blood pressure, they are also two times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.
#2. Circulation Issues
Sitting for a long period of times causes the blood circulation to slow and fluid to start to pool in the legs. This can lead to a variety of circulation issues in your legs, including varicose veins, swollen ankles and possibly even blood clots.
#3. Back and Neck Issues
People who sit all day at work are more likely to experience some back issues, including herniated lumbar disks and an inflexible spine. Additionally, sitting for extended periods of time can also put strain on your shoulders and neck.
Although we’ve gone over several of the consequences of sitting all day, there are many more. Stay tuned for our next blog to learn how to counteract the negative effects of your desk job.