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Is Sitting Bad For Your Health?

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As technology and convenience continue to play a major role in our lives, we find ourselves spending more time sitting down or trying to find a place to sit. Much of our day is spent in a seated position, whether it’s the drive to work, a desk job, classroom or sitting to eat or watch television; we spend far too much time seated. Our love of sitting has led to an increase of postural issues and high percentages of back pain affecting most adults at some point during their lives.

Sitting places the hip flexors in a shortened position, which if done frequently can lead to the pelvis rotating forward (anterior pelvis tilt), excess curvature of the lumbar spine (altered lumbar lordosis) and lower back pain.  Another issue with sitting for long periods of time is rounding of the upper back from leaning forward to view computer screens or documents, which can lead to neck strain, rotator cuff injury and headaches.

Tips for preventing injuries linked to prolonged sitting

Take a Break

  • Take a five minute break every hour to stand up and stretch

Foam Roll

  • Start implementing self-myofascial release in your flexibility program, prior to and after your workout

Get a Posture-Friendly Chair

  • Ask your employer to invest into ergonomic chairs (tell them it can help increase productivity and lower insurance costs by reducing back and neck injuries)

It is ironic that what seems to be beneficial and comfortable can cause so many issues. Try giving up your seat or trying some of the tips mentioned above to keep your posture in line and prevent unwanted trips to the doctor’s office.

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Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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Your WEIGHT ( 300 pounds ) multiply by 14. = ( 4,200 calories ) That will get you your TOTAL MAINTENANCE CALORIES.
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Depending on your workout intensity and job you can lower the deficit % the harder you work the more your body needs!
Now just plug in your weight and try it yourself !

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