We all know that in the 21st century, where more and more value is placed on man’s capacity to use his mind and intellect as opposed to his body, the majority of us spend most of our waking hours inactive, sitting behind a desk, staring at a computer. Although office jobs tend to bring in loads of cash, they tend not to be so profitable in the eyes of the body. At the Chiropractic Clinic Houston, our chiropractors have studied the effects of prolonged sitting on the body; the results have just come in, and are not so promising. According to Chiropractic Clinic studies, sitting for up to eight hours a day increases one’s chances of developing type 2 diabetes. The reason: prolonged sitting causes muscles to burn less fat, and this leads to poorer blood flow in the body. Besides just type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, other studies, in aggregate, have now found that up to 24 diseases develop as a result of physical inertness. This is terrible news for most Americans – the nation that spends more waking hours in chairs than any other.
What can be done about this? How can the health conscious individuals optimize their health without giving up their high-paying, white-collared job? Our Chiropractors at Chiropractic Clinic Houston have composed a list of what can be done.
- Get up from your chair at least once every hour. Some studies have shown that getting up from one’s desk once every hour to move around for just a few minutes can increase overall blood flow and prevent the body from burning fat more sluggishly. Our chiropractors at Chiropractic Clinic Houston beseech all of our patients to make sure they get up, stretch, and take a nice, slow, walk around the office once every forty-five minutes. Some think this is not possible, as the demands to perform well at work are too high, and two minutes walking is two minutes not working. However, if one thinks long-term, if one takes into account the value of staying healthy and vigorous, one can easily conclude that the two minute investment is well worth it.
- Walk to work. This may be difficult for most individuals, particularly those living in Houston, where commutes are long and the streets and public infrastructure are egregious. Yet, if it is possible, our chiropractors at Chiropractic Clinic Houston exhort folks to walk to work. If it means waking up thirty minutes earlier, it may appear like too pricy of an investment, but again, in the long-term it’s like giving up peanuts for the most important thing in your life, your physical well-being.
- Take a walk in the local park during lunch hour. The majority of us do get one hour off to eat lunch. Use that time wisely. Take your food to go and eat it while walking in the park. It’s simple, it’s fun, it’s smart. Our Chiropractors at Chiropractic Clinic Houston seem to take walks religiously – almost compulsively. We know that walking is healthy for us, and, being that we care so much about health, we try to get as much walking done in our lives as possible.