Stand UP to a Sitting World!
You may have heard that "sitting is the new smoking", well would you believe that sitting is WORSE than smoking?! It's true. Research has found that just one cigarette can reduce your life by 11 minutes and one hour of sitting and watching TV can reduce you life by 21.8 minutes!
Would you believe that the typical seated office worker has more muscular skeletal injuries than any other occupation, including construction, metal workers, and transportation workers. From low back pain, to neck pain sitting is wrecking our tissue and skeletal system.
The World Health Organization ranks physical inactivity or sitting too much as the fourth largest preventable killer globally causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths annually. Sitting too much is causing obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. We sit more now than our grandparents or great grandparents ever did. We sit to eat breakfast, we sit to go to work, we sit at work, we sit to go home, we sit to eat dinner, AND we sit to watch TV at night. This lack of activity and more sedentary lifestyle has led to the highest levels of obesity and heart disease we have ever seen.
This is not only effecting us as adults but our kids as well. In 2004 the US Surgeon General warned that "We may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents". Encouraging our kids to meet the recommended 60 minutes of daily activity can greatly change that possible statistic.
As adults we should make conscious efforts to sit less. Try a stand up desk at work. Try to move more often at work, set a timer and get up and walk around for 2 minutes every time the timer goes off. When you sit at home to watch TV try sitting on the floor and leaning up against the couch and use that opportunity to move and stretch. Yes exercising is good but it can not offset the massive amount of sitting that our body's go through.
If you are interested in learning more about how sitting is killing, you should check out Dr. Kelly Starrett's new book DeskBound. This book will give you the tools to mobilize your tissue for daily self care and learning proper ways to sit and wait to actively position your body.
"The Body Achieves What The Mind Believes"