It has become known that sitting for long periods of time is harmful to your health. The sedentary, inactive lifestyle of today’s generation has become just as deadly as smoking cigarettes. Sitting for long periods of time has several health concerns including obesity, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. In addition to countless more negative physical health effects, sedentary lifestyles also have mental and psychological effects including anxiety and severe depression. Research has shown that those who lacked routine physical movement and exercise were significantly at higher risk than those who incorporated movement and exercise into their daily routine.
For most of us, there often is no other option but to sit. We need to sit in our cars to get to work, where we have to sit at our desk. We then sit back in our cars to get us home, where we sit to and have dinner. Then we finish our night watching our favorite show sitting on the couch. When you look back on your day it’s easy to see the hours sitting start to add up. Thankfully, there is a way to exercise the body and find movement when we find ourselves sitting for long periods of time.
Chair Yoga is a very gentle style of yoga that involves the use of a chair for support in variations of traditional yoga poses. Postures can be done seated or standing, each offering several physical and mental benefits. Relief from low back & neck strain, reduction in mental fatigue & increased productivity are just to name a few. These simple stretches can be done virtually anywhere, offering relief and relaxation wherever you are. Below is a list of resources for simple tips, and easy-to-do yoga postures that one can practice both on and off the yoga mat.
Sitting Disease: The New Health Epidemic
10-Minute Yoga Break for the Office
Chair Yoga Flow for All Levels