Tustin Chiropractor Explains What Exercise You’re Doing More Than 20 Hours A Week

Tustin Chiropractor Explains What Exercise You're Doing More Than 20 Hours A Week

We all know we should exercise.

In a moment top Tustin chiropractor is going to reveal one exercise that you might be doing for more than 20 hours a week.

Bad News

But here’s the bad news…it’s not what you think.  This exercise is not a good exercise for you.  It can change your body in a bad way.

Imagine an Olympic gymnast.  She does many hours of gymnastic exercise for years.

And she looks, walks, and stands like a gymnast after all those years of gymnastic workouts.

If you took up swimming and did that for several hours a day for the next few years…you would look more like a swimmer.

My point is that our bodies change with the demand we put on them.

They become what we use them for.

The Answer to the Question

That brings us to the answer of the question; what exercise could you be doing for more than 20 hours a week?

We call it the Sitting Exercise.

Most people in Tustin are sitting for way over 20 hours a week.

Count the time you sit at work, drive time, sit at home, etc…

With all that sitting, your body adapts to that position.  It changes to be more like a ‘sitting body’.

Imagine someone stooped forward, shoulders hunched and head sticking forward:  This is a sitting body, even when they are not sitting, they look and move like someone who sits a lot!


There are things you can do to counter these long hours of sitting.  One effective tool is taking Micro-Breaks.

Micro-Breaks are 1 minute movement breaks that you take for each half hour of sitting.

One Micro-Break that is easy to do right at your desk is called Overhead Extension.

To see and hear a demo of this exercise just click this link.

And that is the entire purpose of this Micro-Break series, to get you moving and counter the effects of doing too much of the “sitting exercise.”

The Effects of the Sitting Exercise in Tustin

Sitting too long can be measured.  One condition is called forward head posture (FHP for short).

Another change is that your shoulders can ‘hinge’ forward and your upper back can round.

All of these changes can put tremendous stress on your neck, shoulders and upper back.

This is a common cause of Headaches, stiffness, aches and pains.

It also can lead to more serious injuries that seem to come out of nowhere. An example is an injury to your shoulder from picking up some grocery bags.

A Specialized Test to Measure Your FHP

We have a specialized test we do at Bunch Chiropractic to measure FHP and other body posture.  We also can check for pressure points and other tissue changes.

Bottom line is that if your body has changed due to the sitting exercise, it can cause problems.  But you can change it!

Start by taking micro-breaks.

If you already are suffering from aches and pains, or these simple exercises hurt you, then you should come by and get checked to see what you can do to improve your posture and alignment.