Does your office job require you to sit at a desk for 8 — maybe more — hours a day? If yes, this might be the reason that you’re kind of feeling less than ideal lately. See, according to medical expert Doc Willie Ong, there are several health risks connected with prolonged sitting.
The World Health Organization is actually pegging the risks to begin when you sit for two hours or more. Here are complications that could arise from too much sitting:
– numbness of the feet
– blood clotting in the legs (which could eventually lead to pulmonary embolism, a deadly condition)
Luckily, you don’t actually have to find a field job just to prevent all these from happpening! There are practices that can counter the risks of prolonged sitting. Doc Willie Ong shares these tips:
1. Remove your wallet from your back pocket when you sit. Men are generally prone to what is called ‘fat wallet syndrome.’ Doc Willie Ong says sitting on a fat wallet puts irregular strain on your body and pinched nerves in the buttocks, which can lead to numbness in the feet.
2. For every 30 minutes that you have to sit, get up and stretch for two minutes.
3. If you have to sit for an hour straight, get up and walk around for 5 minutes after.
4. Move around even while sitting. Stretching and fidgeting helps with blood circulation.
5. Don’t just workout at night after a day of sitting. Exercise a bit in the morning, and again at night.
6. If you’re using a computer for prolonged hours, get up and walk a bit every 30 minutes, so you can also rest your eyes.
DISCLAIMER: The health tips on this website are based on articles published in books, periodicals and various social media sites by Doctor Willie Ong. We believe and fully support the good intentions of our ‘Doktor ng Bayan.’
So that was Doc Willie Ong with his tips on how to minimize the risks of prolonged sitting? Do you sit at a desk for hours on end at your job? Will you be doing the tips mentioned above the next time you have to do it? Let us know in the comments section below!