Movement is critical for us to keep our bodies healthy and prevent illness. Mixing periods of sitting with periods of standing in addition to making time to move is key to our healthy existence in today’s automated world.
Alternating between sit and stand positions adjusts the amount of load on the body allowing for increased rest intervals of specific body parts, thus reducing the adverse impact of risk factors.
Effects of prolonged sitting:
Discomfort in lower extremities
Static muscle fatigue
Increased spinal muscular activity
Increased intradiscal pressure
Increased muscle loading in the neck & shoulder muscles
Decrease in muscle activity resulting in pain and/or spasms