While sitting can certainly be relaxing, prolonged sitting (even with good posture!) can cause pain and exacerbate ADHD symptoms.
Chances are that all you need is a little exercise—but who has time for that in a busy day? Actually, you do!
Humans are meant for movement. While the technology in our lives helps us get things done faster, it often ties us down to a laptop or computer. Prolonged sitting can affect the back, neck, and joints as well as attention, energy, and quality of life. If you find yourself sitting at a computer for extended periods of time, try standing or setting your laptop on a table and doing some squats or small weight lifts.
Prolonged sitting especially inhibits blood flow. Ever have your foot fall asleep? A recent study published by the American Journal of Applied Physiology showed that “prolonged unbroken sitting” had adverse effects on arterial function. Regular leg raises or other leg movements that you can do in between sitting sessions can help with this problem.
Here’s our very own Dr. Jason Balthaser showing you a few stretches you can do at your workplace or the comfort of your home to help get your body moving when you “don’t have the time.”
Finally, even five minutes of walking every hour can do wonders for metabolism, blood flow, and concentration. Another study showed that children with ADHD in particular benefited cognitively from doing morning exercises. Even if you have not been diagnosed with ADHD, morning activity “gets the blood flowing” and sets the body up for a more productive day.
So the next time you feel the pain of sitting too long, take a stand! Set a timer for every hour and take a break. While it seems insignificant, the health benefits can really add up!