What do most people in the UK spend nine hours a day doing? Sitting! Research shows that adults of working age in England average 9.5 hours per day of sedentary time.
I know many readers probably fall short of nine hours, but modern social norms make it near impossible for us all not to spend a significant part of the day sitting.
The problem is we evolved to be upright and active, and sitting for long periods can damage both our cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health. I know I am a frequent culprit of ‘slump-asana’; head tilting forward, spine rounding and shoulders drooping. Unfortunately, our head gains ten pounds in weight for every inch it moves forwards (!), placing a hefty burden on the muscles in the back, neck and shoulders, and increasing the likelihood of future pain or injury.