Plenty of people are more than familiar with long driving commutes to work. But, what they may not realize are the negative effects that excessive sitting can have on their bodies. Any expert will tell you how important movement is to one’s cardiovascular health. So, when long driving commutes and desk jobs are combined, the risk of cardiovascular disease certainly increases.
When we sit, not only does the heart have to work harder to circulate blood and oxygen through our systems, but our hips also bend which shuts off the core and sends our bodies into a passive state relying on our structural system to hold us up. Over time, this can lead to spine compression and to your back going out.
So, how do you save your posture without having to find a new job? Experts suggest getting a standing or treadmill desk, if your employer allows. Otherwise, setting a reminder to get up and walk around every 30 minutes can help immensely. If you’re taking a driving vacation or sitting in the car for more than two hours, be sure to find a rest stop so you can walk around and stretch your legs or even do a quick set of kneeling lunges to loosen your muscles. It might also be wise to have an expert look at the seat of your car or your desk chair to make sure you’re doing everything you can to help your posture.