For most of my adult life I’ve dealt with an achy back. It started years ago when I worked at a pet store slinging 50 pound bags of pet food all day, and then come home to more physical work. When I started working at a desk, I found it to be quite a transition from moving constantly to parking myself in front of a computer all day. My aches didn’t improve. I just started getting new aches like a stiff neck and knots in my shoulders.
Around the time when the Apple watch was first released, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said that “Sitting is the new cancer”. It may have just been a ploy to promote the new smartwatch which reminds users to move more often, but there is some truth to what he said. Excessive sitting is hard on the body and is associated with many chronic diseases and conditions, including muscle strains, compressed discs, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, organ damage, and some types of cancer. One study of 794,577 participants detailing various health problems related to sedentary behavior, found the most sedentary people had a 112% increase in the risk of diabetes and a 147% increase in “cardiovascular events”. Those are some grim numbers.
You may be thinking there’s not much you can do about it if you’re required to work at a desk all day. Dealing with some of the negative effects of sitting myself, over the years I’ve researched ways to counteract those effects.