Sitting Your Way to a Life of Pain

—Ally Laudon, Staff Writer—

Ever heard of “Use it or Lose it?” This saying is a real concern in today’s society where
everything is centered around technology and

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information. Most jobs (or school for that matter) require sitting in a chair for 8 hours a day, not to mention the commute to and from. In the workplace or school, getting up to get water, go to the bathroom, or switch
classes, unfortunately is not enough to keep muscles from getting achy from under stimulation. Cosby senior Emily Prince says, “After sitting all day at school my whole body feels achy, and I just wanna stretch when I get out of school.”

By sitting in a chair most of the day, everyday, the muscle’s in one’s lethargic body start to get “sick.” This is in the same way that someone would get a bedsore, basically a spot that is rotting on your body. Also, the shoulders become bent, the butt numb, and the muscles in general weak and tired. Cosby senior Prince says, ”After a full week of school my back hurts a lot from bending over the desk doing school work.” This has not always been the case,

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only a recent issue due to the types of jobs that are most common in the world now. Jobs that required a lot of labor have gone away with the working class grandparents. This eventually will take an even bigger toll than it is now, and it’s important that people educate themselves on keeping their bodies healthy despite the minimum amount of exercise to keep their bodies from rotting.

Exercise is the most important solution to fixing this issue. In fact, the body will feel less tired when moving more than

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when sitting more. Unfortunately, taking a few laps around the building and standing more isn’t gonna cut it. To battle this “chair disease” individuals would need thirty minutes to an hour of an intense exercise to counteract their long day of sitting. However, many individuals complain that their lifestyles are too busy to accommodate their need for added exercise, yet for most people, by the time they’re in their 50s, their body is in so much pain from a career of sitting. The years of achy muscles and bent over backs and necks cause a decrease in a quality of life and health, it is important that people that sit all day start taking care of themselves sooner rather than later.

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Learning to cope with a life of sitting is important to learn, and protecting muscle function is easier when started earlier. Older individuals who have felt the effects of sitting for decades, usually wish that they had known that they could have protected themselves better from weak bodies and hunched shoulders.