Sitting at Your Desk Is Eating Your Muscles

Muscle Tightness From Sitting: What Does It Mean?

The word “tight” means that the muscle is not working properly or it’s functioning improperly. If your leg muscles are tight, then they’re probably not moving correctly either. A tight hamstring will cause you to fall over when running or jumping. You may have heard of the term “muscular dystrophy.” Muscle dystrophy is a disease where the body loses its ability to produce new muscle cells. When you lose muscle cells, your muscles become weak and wobbly.

If you’ve ever been in a car accident, you know how painful it can be when someone slams into your back or knees. This happens because there isn’t enough blood flow to the injured area due to a lack of oxygen. The same thing happens with your muscles when you sit down for long periods of time. Without adequate blood flow, your muscles don’t receive the necessary nutrients and oxygen needed to function properly.

When you stand up, the blood flows through the damaged areas again allowing them to heal. When you sit down for prolonged periods of time, your body doesn’t do this so it becomes weaker and less able to perform normal functions like walking or even breathing normally.

Sitting Down is Okay, But How You Sit Is Also Important

Of course, you’re not going to become crippled by sitting down to use your computer. You aren’t going to suddenly get weak knees and a slur in your speech either. There are ways that you can keep these issues from becoming major problems in your life. (

Ever notice how older people often sound like they have a lisp?

This is a result of weak muscle movement in the mouth and jaw. You don’t want this to happen to you!)

You may already be doing some of these things, but if not, then they can help keep your body functioning normally, even with sedentary lifestyle.

1. Get up at least once an hour and move around.

This lets your blood flow through all the necessary parts of your body. You want to especially focus on moving your legs and your hips. This can be done without others noticing by just walking around your home or office while you’re on the phone.

2. Walk at least two miles a day.

Even if you start out very slowly, you can work your way up to this goal. Even walking around the office while on the phone can count towards this.

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3. Switch from sitting in a chair to sitting in a ball.

This gives your muscles more to work with and will engage many more of them. You will feel a burn in your muscles at first, but you’ll get used to them.

4. Alternate between sitting in a ball and sitting in a chair.

This gives your body a chance to rest while still using the muscles you’ve been working on.

5. Don’t take the easy way out.

Avoid elevators and escalators whenever possible. Take the stairs. Not only is this good for your health, it also helps you lose weight and keep it off.

If you follow these steps, you’ll be able to sit in front of the computer as long as you want without worrying about muscle tightness or becoming disabled later in life. Just because you sit down all day doesn’t mean that you can’t be as healthy as someone who runs marathons!

Now, one last thing to keep in mind…

You Can Only Take Your Body So Far

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While you can certainly do things to keep yourself as healthy as possible, there’s still going to be a limit on how much time you can spend in front of a computer before you will suffer from the ill effects. This is true even if you exercise regularly and take all the steps mentioned above.

There’s no substitute for getting outside and engaging in activities that get you moving and your blood flowing. It doesn’t have to be anything strenuous, even just taking a walk a couple times a week will do wonders. The point is, don’t become so comfortable in your sedentary lifestyle that you forget to give your body a reason to move.

And that’s about it. While this may seem like a lot of information about something that you think should be simple, keep all this in mind the next time you find yourself sitting in front of your computer for several hours at a time. You can do a lot of damage if you don’t stay active and aware of proper posture and how your body is functioning.

But keep in mind that you can still enjoy your favorite pastime—as long as you’re willing to put in a little extra effort.

Thank you for reading this article. If you find these tips useful, please share them with your friends and family so they can enjoy their computer time without pain or discomfort.

All the best,

Riley.

Sources & references used in this article:

Stand up for your health! by M Copeland – 2017 – Hachette UK

Office Yoga: Tackling Tension with Simple Stretches You Can Do at Your Desk by SM Links – 2016 – hprc-online.org

Breaking Muscle by J Friedeberger – 1999 – books.google.com

Sitting Is the New Smoking by B Taylor, RL Movement – breakingmuscle.com

Healthy body and mind: Tips for postgraduate students chained to their desk by SYU Body, CW Grains, N Powerhouses – pdfs.semanticscholar.org