Sitting Is the New Smoking

Too much sit­ting is bad for your health. In fact, it’s turn­ing out that pro­longed sit­ting ranks near the top of the list – along with smok­ing and obe­si­ty – of fac­tors con­tribut­ing to chron­ic health prob­lems.

When you sit

  • Your mus­cles aren’t burn­ing as much fat – so fat clogs your arter­ies and puts a load on your heart.
  • Your blood sug­ar, LDL cho­les­terol, and blood pres­sure rise.
  • Your mus­cle cells become less sen­si­tive to insulin, and your pan­creas responds by pro­duc­ing more of it. This cycle is a pre­cur­sor to dia­betes.
  • Your risk for com­mon can­cers (breast and colon) inch­es up.
  • You lose mus­cle mass, espe­cial­ly in the gluteals and abdom­i­nals, impor­tant groups for core pos­tur­al sup­port.
  • You lose bone mass.
  • You get tight hip flex­ors and stress your hip joints.
  • There’s excess pres­sure on the discs of your low back.
  • You’re miss­ing out on the brain stim­u­la­tion pro­vid­ed by move­ment activ­i­ty.
  • You dis­tort the align­ment of your upper back and neck, con­tribut­ing to headache, mus­cle aches, and eye strain.

Destroy Your TV

What to do

  • Blow up your TV. Or at least stand up part of the time while you’re watch­ing. Walk around dur­ing com­mer­cials.
  • Switch your desk so you can stand (at least part of the work­day.) Bet­ter yet invest in a tread­mill desk.
  • Elon­gate your hip flex­ors with a lung­ing stretch.
Hip Flexor Stretch

Hip Flex­or Stretch

• Get a giant gym ball to sit on.

• Take your bike not the car.

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Aaron is a health conscious individual living in the Pacific Northwest.

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