What Does Sitting and Back Pain Have in Common

How many hours do you spend seated every day?

Let’s say you’re in an office job during the day, and then you travel home in the car or on the train, then if you lounge on the sofa to relax, my guess would be around 8-12 hours!

Not moving around at regular intervals in your day is reeking havoc on your body and posture, even if you can’t see it yet. Spending extended periods of time staring at a screen slowly makes your body adapt to this posture and begins to change your musculoskeletal system. Now this is not to say sitting at your desk is wholly bad, you can sit like this for as long as you need to, providing you have the capability to move out of it freely in the opposite direction to combat any restrictions, and avoid permanent damage. Without regularly reminding your body of the full capability of its movement you can start to lose some range.

In my personal training career the most common problem I see lies within the glute muscles, and these affect almost everything you do, both in and out of the gym.

This group of muscles is important to stabilise the pelvis, produce power, move the hips and keep yourself looking perky in a pair of jeans!

Sitting for large amounts of time causes the muscles to become smaller, weaker and lazier. This can lead to many other problems such as:

•Lower back pain •Muscles tightness from compensation in other areas •Poor posture •Weak performance in the gym •Knee issues •Balance and muscle-coordination loss