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By Susan J. White
In today’s world, where many of us spend extended periods of time sitting behind a screen and a keyboard, aches and pains and even complaints of chronic strain injuries are becoming more common. Sitting for long periods of time can lead to a host of health issues and has even been deemed “the new smoking” by some health professionals.
In general, less sitting and more movement contribute to better overall health. But many of today’s jobs demand long hours behind a computer or at a desk.
Endeavor Health orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Zahab Ahsan, MD, offers a few suggestions to offset the problems of prolonged sitting:
Sitting uses less energy than standing or moving. Long periods of inactivity can lead to weight gain and related conditions that can increase risks for cardiovascular disease and cancer. Putting in place some healthy practices can help decrease some of the health risks associated with too much sitting.
The team of experts at Endeavor Health Orthopaedic & Spine Institute offers world-class options close by. We use innovative, minimally invasive techniques for joint replacement, complex spine surgeries, sports medicine and more, so you can get back to the activities you enjoy sooner. Learn more.
NorthShore University HealthSystem, Swedish Hospital, Northwest Community Healthcare and Edward-Elmhurst Health are now united under one name, Endeavor Health. We’re setting a new standard for healthcare that’s focused on you, because your best health is our endeavor. Learn more.