According to women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm, sitting for long periods does more than make your butt hurt; it actually has a negative effect on your personal health and the condition of your body. This doesn’t mean you have to quit your desk job or stop watching TV, but it does require that you break up your sitting routine and get moving.
Q: Many people (including myself) sit at their desks for eight hours straight. How bad is a sedentary lifestyle for my health?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Sitting at a desk all day can lead to a strained neck, sore or painful shoulders and back, and other postural issues. You are also at an increased risk for diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.