Sitting just may be creating the modern plague of something called neuromuscular amnesia.
In simple terms, when you don’t make a habit of putting tension through a
muscle, your mind starts to “forget” how to use it. Then, when you do need to use it, in an exercise or activity, you can’t use it as nature intended. The result is the stress and pressure that was supposed to go onto that muscle floods into other areas of your body that can’t handle it very well.
The most common example is when people sit so much they forget how to drive power through their hip muscles. Your hips contain some of the strongest muscles which surround one of the most bomb-proof joints in your entire body. They can handle a whole lot of stress…..provided you can turn them on.
Sitting for hours on end programs your mental computer to not use your hips. So when you need to run, jump, squat or just stand in place, the stress, that’s meant for your hips, goes into your lower back, knees, ankles and other weaker areas.
Curing neuromuscular amnesia isn’t hard, but it does take some practice. Check out this video for more information regarding the risk “dead hips” pose to you as well as how to wake them up.