Is Sitting Really A Non-Strenuous Activity?

Is Sitting Really a Non-Strenuous Activity?

By Vincent Portera

A walk through the offices of any company or hospital where a few, or perhaps hundreds of people sit at their desks or workstations day in and day out, might lead the observer with the impression that sitting is a benign posture. Nothing can be further from the truth.

While sitting can take the “load off your feet,” it also increases the pressure on the lower back, including the discs, as well as the upper back and neck. Poor posture, such as “slouching” in your chair or slumping and rounding your shoulders forward, add to the strain placed on your spine and muscles. 

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