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A moving message from your body

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It's a gadget-obsessed world, and it's the ultimate reason for our lazy and sluggish attitude. With the rise in new technology, there's been a proportionate rise in our inactivity. Thanks to touch, button and voice commands, we don't even need to move our butts to get our work done. We get groceries delivered home, food ordered over a call and even shopping for clothes happens at a click of a button. This leaves us with little to no motivation to move about and do things.

Thank the stars for not having robots yet, otherwise we would become completely useless as living beings. Sitting on a chair, couch or bed for hours is all we do throughout the day without realizing how weak it makes our muscles and joints, giving rise to the so-called 'lifestyle diseases'.

Our body is a fantastic creation of nature. It notifies us of all that is happening inside, but we choose to ignore the signs and symptoms. If we can go to great lengths to find a solution for issues in your computer, why ignore the messages our body is trying to communicate to us. Our body tries to tell us in a number of ways that we have been inactive or idle for too long:

  • Stiff neck: This is lifestyle related issue that almost every corporate person suffers from. Sitting in front of the computer for hours makes your neck movement less frequent and increases the chances of strain and muscle spasms in your neck, making it difficult to move your neck freely.
  • Shoulder pain: Your shoulders have literally have a lot of pressure on them, as they have been assigned the duty of supporting your neck. This makes your them shrugged all the time, leading to shoulder pain.

  • Lower backache: Almost 90% of the urban population suffers from a lower back problem just from sitting for long hours. Especially sitting in the wrong posture adds extra weight on your lower back joints, which keep pressing and ultimately cause pain and stiffness. This also happens due to loss of strength in your core muscles over a period of time.

  • Yawning continuously: We all have moments of incessant yawning and we fail to understand why that happens. It's a simple sign from your brain saying that that it needs more oxygen, which happens through movement and proper breathing.

  • Leg cramps: This is a very common phenomenon that we come across after we sit for long hours. We've all experienced that feeling of not being able to feel our legs with a pins-and-needles sensation when we try to move them. In such cases, you need to stand up and walk around a bit, no matter how uncomfortable, to help the blood flow well and get your legs back to their normal state.

  • Indigestion: When your stomach feels a bit under the weather, just remember that apart from eating wrong foods, you've been inactive for a long time due to which your digestion has become sluggish, causing acidity and gas.

  • Fatigue: You might be wondering how sitting in one place can make someone tired, but the fact is that the more you sit, the more it gets difficult for you to get back to your active state as blood flow reduces throughout the body making you feel tired and sluggish.

  • Inability to focus: Do you remember as a kid when your parents told you to take short breaks between studies and move about? This was so that by allowing good blood circulation, you could freshen up your mind and restore your focus. The same goes for when you're working or trying to concentrate on something. Get up, move about, take a tea/bathroom break or just go for a small walk.


  • The best way to avoid sitting yourself to stiffness is by getting some movement every hour and trying to incorporate active habits in daily life. Move about while talking on the phone, use the stairs, walk towards your colleagues to have a discussion, get to the coffee machine yourself, bend and stretch well, do small household chores, etc.

    So get up and stand tall to increase your long term health, short term well being and productivity!
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