Over the last few weeks, our “Move Right Monday” videos have discussed the controversial topic of sitting. I’ll be the first to tell you that, as a culture, we spend too much time sitting, usually with posture that doesn’t promote good health. From the office chair to the car to the sofa, our sitting habits may be doing more harm than good, especially if you aren’t getting a reasonable amount of natural movement exercise throughout the day.
Obviously, people who spend all day at work on their feet have different sitting needs than people who sit at a desk all day.
When it comes to sitting, one thing I often recommend to my patients is to sit like our ancestors sat: on the ground with their knees bent and their backs straight. Posture plays such an important role in our health that I can’t overstate it. That’s also why I take such a strong stand (no pun intended) against improper sitting posture. If you want to learn more about this, go back and watch the previous two sitting videos, here and here.
One question I often get from people who have switched to sitting in a more natural position on the floor is, “what does it mean when my backside and legs begin tingling or going numb after a long time sitting?”
That’s a great question, so I addressed it in today’s “Move Right Monday” video. Take a look:
With everything we do here at Fundamental Health Solutions, I want to help you improve your good health. More often than not, it involves simple, natural movements that even our ancestors might have done. At first, it may feel a little uncomfortable (or what I like to call “delicious” sensations), but over time, the discomfort will subside and you will see improvement in your stability, flexibility, and mobility as you are consistent with it.
NOTE: Next Monday, I want take an opportunity to answer your exercise questions. Be sure to write them in the comments below this post on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus. There’s no such thing as a dumb question. If you have a question, chances are that other people have that same question and are waiting for someone else to ask. Be the one who gets everyone the answers they need by posting your question.
“At the end of your feelings is NOTHING. At the end of your principles is a PROMISE.” — Eric Thomas