Over the course of human history, sitting was never meant to be something that we do all day every day. Humans sitting 99% of their waking hours is a relatively new phenomenon and our bodies aren’t really designed to allow this. Humans were used to running, crouching, squatting, jumping, and climbing, and our muscles were perfect for those activities. Now, those muscles lay dormant while we sit at our computers day in and day out.
This causes some issues. Actually, a lot of issues.
I’m not even going to get into the negative health effects that a sedentary life takes on our heart, lungs, vital organs, metabolism, etc. in this post. I’m simply going to look at what the act of sitting does to our musculature, and how we can combat the negative effects.
The cool thing is that we can, in fact, combat the negative effects.