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Is sitting is bad for you? – TED video

Are you suffering from sitting pain?

Are you suffering from sitting pain? We all know we need to be more active, but there is increasing evidence that we also need to spend less time sitting down. The Australian Heat Foundation recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days to reduce risks of ill health from inactivity.

Studies have linked excessive sitting with being overweight and obese, type 2 diabetes and even some type of cancers. Sitting for long periods  slows our metabolic rate, which affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat. Not to mention added effects of lower back issues.

With advances in technology, both adults and children are now spending more time in sitting or lying, And this typically increases with age. This includes watching TV, using a computer, reading, doing homework, travelling by car, bus or train but does not include sleeping.

Here’s an excellent TED video about the hidden risks of sitting:



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Sitting posture

Sitting posture

Unless we are involved in a labour intensive job, for most of us we will spend a lot of time in sitting. This might include sitting to commute to work, sitting at work in an office or sitting down to have a meal. As such, having good sitting posture is important to prevent chronic joint and muscle injuries.

Following are a few tips on how to sit correctly:

  1. Sit up with your back straight and your shoulders back
  2. Rest your back against the back of the chair
  3. Distribute your body weight evenly on both hips
  4. Bend your knees at a right angle
  5. Keep your feet flat on the floor


Ajit Singh Lamba
Physiotherapy Professionals Parramatta