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The Health Hazard You Do Daily

How often or how long are you sitting each day?

Many of us often spend hours on end sitting. The hours add up whether we are treating patients, sitting on our lunch breaks, working on our computers, or lounging on the couch at home. The dangers of prolonged sitting are real, leading to the new phrase, "Sitting is the new smoking."


Extended periods of sitting can take a toll on our bodies in numerous ways. From strained necks and shoulders to lower back pain and weakened muscles, the repercussions are real. Moreover, excessive sitting has been linked to an increased risk of obesity, cardiovascular issues, and even diabetes. We must introduce more movement into our day, and it doesn't take long runs or crazy workouts.

Enter the importance of the sit-stand balance. Alternating between sitting and standing throughout the day can work wonders for our well-being. Standing breaks help alleviate the strain on our muscles and joints, improve blood circulation, and even enhance our posture. Engaging our muscles while standing contributes to burning more calories and maintaining a healthier weight.


Implementing a sit-stand approach doesn't require a radical overhaul of your routine. Simple habits like taking phone calls standing up, using a standing desk, alternating standing while seeing patients, or even pacing around during short breaks can make a significant difference. Remember, the key is movement. Aim to stand for at least 15 minutes every hour and gradually extend these periods.


Ensuring you have an ergonomic setup with great ergonomic products, whether in the dental operatory or your office, will help you protect your body and decrease pain and fatigue. Getting an ergonomic assessment can shed light on ways to improve your habits and your work environment.

In conclusion, the dangers of prolonged sitting are undeniable, but the solution is within reach. Embrace the concept of sitting less and standing more to enhance your physical well-being and boost productivity. Your body will thank you for it in the long run.

1 Comment

Kimberly Pubill
Kimberly Pubill
Aug 27, 2023

Very helpful! Thanks! Really appreciate what you do.

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