Demystifying Medicine Video



Sitting can be a nice break from a busy day. However, considering that many of us spend their entire workday at a desk, one has to wonder how prolonged sitting can affect your body and your health. This video examines the science behind sitting down, from the maximum number of hours recommended for sitting to different improper body postures while sitting. It also looks at the effect of sitting on your spinal cord, lungs, brain and physiology. Finally, the video presents safe preventative methods and techniques that anyone should use if they are sitting for extended periods.

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