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Why You Probably Shouldn’t Sit In Front Of A Computer Screen All Day

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Most modern jobs involve using screens – some for part of the day, and others for all of it. But this is a relatively recent phenomenon. Throughout most of human history, people were highly active. They spent their entire days moving around and using their bodies. Sitting hunched over a computer wasn’t part of their experience. 

Now, though, things are rather different. Many of us are in front of computer screens for more than 10 hours a day. And many of us simply can’t get the exercise that we need to compensate. 

In this post, we take a look at some of the reasons why you probably shouldn’t spend all day long sitting in front of your computer screen. 

Sitting All Day Long Makes Your Body Ache

Have you noticed an increase in body aches since you started sitting for long periods? If you have, then you are not alone. Sitting in front of computers all day is a recipe for getting a sore back, headaches and pain in other areas of the body. Many office workers have to KT tape shoulder blade joints just to provide the support they need while they work. 

If you are prone to aches, try standing up and moving around once per hour. Even a small amount of physical activity can help you feel refreshed and renewed. 

Sitting Makes You Gain Weight

Being sedentary all day long also puts your body in weight gain mode. When the electrical activity in your muscles starts to drop, it changes how your metabolism works, making you more prone to weight gain. Movement during the day, therefore, is essential. 

If you can, dedicate your lunch hour and evenings to physical movement. Do a range of activities, such as running, cycling, weight training and yoga. 

Sitting Makes You Dumber

Here’s something you definitely don’t want: your job actually making you dumber. Research by leading German scientists suggests that being sedentary all day is bad for the mind. And even if you try to counteract it with exercise, it doesn’t always work. 

The best solution is to make sure that your diet is perfect. Compounds in fruits and vegetables actually help to protect your brain and body from being sedentary for long periods. .

Sitting Increases Your Likelihood Of Developing Chronic Ailments

Sitting can lead to profound metabolic changes throughout the body that put you at risk of diseases such as stroke, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. If you are over the age of 40, you should try to get as much movement as you possibly can. Just sitting in front of the TV for two hours per day can increase your risk of both cancer and heart disease by 10 to 60 percent. 

Sitting Affects Your Mood
Have you ever noticed that you feel a little “meh” after sitting all day? It isn’t a coincidence. Research shows that being too sedentary can trigger mood disorders and reduce your productivity. It is vital, therefore, to get as much movement as you can to remain happy and feel less fatigued.