Does sitting really shorten your hip muscles?

When entering into discussions about the health consequences of sitting, people are often told that over time if we sit for too long our hip muscles actually shorten in length making it harder for us to stand upright. While there are some changes that occur to the hip muscles, it is interesting to look at the changes to the hip muscles when moving from a sitting to a standing position.

How sitting affects our arteries

We often get told about the benefits of diet and exercise on the health of our arteries. Regular physical activity helps to control our good to bad cholesterol ratio, reduces our body fat and helps to control our blood sugar levels. While these are all very important to the health of our arteries, one factor that is often not discussed is the effect of prolonged postures such as sitting.