On a daily basis, we each spend time doing it: sitting. Some may have heard the phrase that “sitting is the new smoking” and while sitting doesn’t necessarily fill us up with addictive substances and toxins like a cigarette, it can sure cause us harm, if we don’t try to combat the many hours we might be spending per day just sitting down. Even though many of us spend an hour or so doing some exercise at our CrossFit classes, this may not be enough to combat the potential harm sitting is causing our bodies.

As human beings, we adapt to the circumstances and situations that we spend time doing on a day to day basis. So if we’re sitting for hours on end, our bodies start to adapt to the shape, form, and level of inactivity that sitting allows us to do. Let’s think about the hours we spend per day in this seated position: meal times, commuting/sitting in traffic, work hours (varies per individual, but desk and office jobs typically have 7-8 hours of seated time), and not to mention the time spent sifting through social media or watching TV. For some of us, that may be over half a day of sitting down!

If you are experiencing tightness in your hips and other joints, have a tendency for your shoulders to slouch or cave in, nagging aches in other muscle groups throughout the day or before exercise, it may be a sign that you are spending too many hours per day sitting down.

Here are some easy ways to overcome the chronic seated position, in a few simple tips:

If you’re seated for several hours a day, prioritizing movement and mobility may have to move further up your priority list. As discussed, exercise and movement for just one hour out of the 24 hours in one day may not be enough!

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