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Do you work at a sedentary office job that keeps you sitting at a desk or in front of a computer all day? Or are you a couch potato? Or do you have a health restriction, illness or conditon that has forced you to be more sedentary than normal? If so, you may find yourself dealing with chronic constipation.

This is part of a series on causes of constipation and the most common triggers that may allow a congested bowel to develop. Sedentary work can cause elimination issues for two reasons. First, you don't move much at work. Second, when you get home, you're tire and you may not want to move much then either. Lack of physical movement may well be at the root of issues you are having being regular.

That having been said, this series is for otherwise healthy people who have problems with healthy elimination and not represented as replacement for medical evaluation if needed. Chronic constipation may have underlying medical reasons so it's important to rule those out if you feel you have geniune issue that doesn't respond to simple healthy adjustments.

Constipation resulting from sedentary lifestyle:
I know a bit about the kind of colon congestion that stems from being sedentary. For example, working on this series today I suddently realized I'd been sitting at the computer for over three hours. Geeze. Getting up now before even continuing this page .....

OK, I'm back and this leads nicely into my first constipation prevention tip for the sedentary. Stand up, move around, stretch and get some water, OFTEN! I know some may be sort of chained to the desk, if in customer service or at a switchboard but you can still stand up, or lean over, stretch down from the chair, lean in toward the desk and back away from the desk, etc. Do something at least once per hour to break the position you are habitually keeping because of the nature of your work.

I used to set a timer for an hour and each time it goes off, I would get up, stretch, walk up and down the hall and drink some water. Considering how long I sat here today without realizing it, it might be time to find that timer and do that again!
The other thing I invariably notice with sedentary workers is that they become dehydrated. It's coffee in the morning and colas at the desk. I'm a coffee drinker so I get it. That's the first thing I want when I wake up. However, on mornings I discipline myself to first drink water, I notice two things ... I awake and get going easier than on coffee alone and I am not as apt to forget water later on because my body has had a taste of it's preferred beverage. Drinking water throughout the day, in particular with a sedentary job, is vital for healthy elimination. I suggest keeping water at your desk and sipping it throughout.

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Eliminatory Health Disclaimer:This health care information is educational in nature and never intended to replace the advice of your chosen healthcare professional.