By All Means, Sit But Don’t Forget To Stand Up

12 Sep

By Phillip Tomlinson

Sometimes, at some point or other, the simple things escape us. 

All of us.

Then comes that inevitable, little moment of disbelief as the chuckle generator goes off inside of us and we slap ourself on the head, asking: “Why didn’t I think of this.” 

I know.  I’ve been there.  Lots of times.

Simply put,  it’s those things that have all along been tugging at our heels, screaming for our attention — and, of course, we only realize this later — that really get our goat.

Then comes that little temperature rise again, and that damn annoying voice raising the stakes:  “If only I had thought of this, I coulda been a gazillionaire.”

I know you’re getting some kinda picture, but follow me on this one and you’ll see an even bigger picture.

Your health depends on it.

As for your health, your mother really knew what she was talking about when she said be careful with that knife and your finger.  You know, all the times when — chop, chop, chop — you’d channel Chef Boyardee while slicing those vegetables?

Well, the guy whose fingertip turned up in someone’s salad at a New York City restaurant may be kicking himself now for not coming up with one of the latest brilliant inventions:  the stainless-steel finger guard.

You know the deal, we are always kicking ourselves over something.

Well, here’s something for which you could definitely avoid kicking yourself.

But first, here’s a question:  Have you ever stood up from a chair, after sitting for a long time, only to find your back wooden to the point of immobility?

Of course you have.

And, needless to say, when your back is stiff, your legs aren’t likely to be comfortably taking you anywhere.

Funny thing is this normally happens only because we sit down and forget to stand up, or simply never realize we need to.

Yeh, yeh, sure, you stood up. 

But, guess what? 

Too late.

If you’ve never really thought about it until now, the experts would have you know that it’s a good habit to stand up before your body has lapsed into discomfort.

If you are like most, you’ll be surprised to know that pressure on the vertebral discs are higher when sitting than when standing or even lying down.  In fact, some experts believe that pressure, when you’re seated, is some 11 times greater than when lying down.

Definitely not a statistic to be taken lightly.

Of course, this may be hard to grasp because standing is normally associated with lower back pain.  But the truth is the pain you sometimes feel from standing is a result of fatigued lower back muscles and not from disc pressure.

The real danger from habitually sitting for long periods without standing is that the pain is not often immediate but will likely be a problem in the long-term when deformative changes have occurred in the discs.

So, in a nutshell, here are the mechanics:  When we are standing, our weight is distributed over a wide area, including muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints and so on, but when we sit, our abdominal area relaxes and much of that weight is now largely loading our discs.

Ouch!  A big reason to give those discs a break as often as we can.  And one less reason not to kick yourself.

NOTE:  One recent study published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine has link sitting for too long with other health issues, finding that “after four hours of sitting, the body starts to send harmful signals…,” causing genes regulating the amount of glucose and fat in the body to begin shutting down.

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