Too Much Sitting — Back to School

A problem that is often common among both adults and students is sitting at desks too long. The health of your bones and joints are directly affected by your daily activities or lack of activity.


Kids wake up from a long night’s sleep, sit down to eat breakfast, sit in the car on the way to school, sit at a desk, learn for eight hours, sit in a car on the way home, sit down at the dinner table, and then do it all over again. This doesn’t include the time they possibly spend watching TV or playing video games.

Sitting for too long is a major risk factor when it comes to the health and well being of people of all ages. Somehow we forget the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle.

Some of the dangers include the following:

  1. Poor circulation in legs

  2. Soft bones

  3. Tight hips

  4. Strained neck

  5. Sore shoulders and back

  6. Inflexible spine

  7. Disk damage

Using a standing desk at work or asking teachers to offer different alternatives to sitting at desks are great solutions – but what if that’s not an option?

Include these easy tips into your daily routine to combat the negative effects of sitting:

  1. Sit on something wobbly

  2. Stretch your hip flexors

  3. Walk during commercials

  4. Alternate between sitting and standing

  5. Practice yoga poses

If we motivate kids to stand more and sit less, we could decrease the risk of bone and joint problems they will face later in life as adults. Can you imagine your child growing up and never dealing with back pains or muscle aches?

Taking small steps like encouraging your kids to play outside as much as possible instead of sitting indoors or doing their homework standing up at the counter while you cook dinner are easy ways to start influencing your kids to stand up and be active.

It starts with you as a parent. Don’t be a couch potato. Stand up for what you believe in and protest a sedentary lifestyle and all the consequences that come with it.

Traci Byrd