Is Sitting All Day Killing You? By Dr. Lauren Schofield
Sedentary workplaces have been all in the news lately as being “bad for you”, but is it killing you? So what is wrong with sitting?
Well, a study published in the Obesity, A Medical Journal and also stated from Dr. Levine of the Mayo Clinic, both say that sitting for more than 6 hours/day will result in a 40% great chance of dying 15 years earlier than those who sit less than 3 hours/day.
Spending more than 6 hours a day on your backside can drive up your blood pressure and places you at greater risk for diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer and depression. Also, people who already suffer from chronic illnesses see an increase in symptoms. And that is just for starters!
Think you are out of danger if you go to the gym regularly? Think again!
Regular exercise is not enough to counteract the dangers of all the sitting we do. And we do a lot of it: the average American sitting 9.5 ours/day! I am not saying that we dispense technology and live like the Amish, but we do need to figure out ways to keep moving throughout the day.
One way is to start using techniques like NEAT– nonexercise activity thermogenesis. In other words NEAT means getting up and moving around, at an even pace, as often as possible, for as long as possible. We used to practice NEAT more in our lives, like walking to the post office, the bank, down the hall to conference with a co-worker, to the market…which also explains why we are getting heavier!
Want a way to measure your NEAT technique, wear a pedometer. Your average steps/day should be in the 12-14,000/day, equivalent to 8 miles a day!
Stop into Advanced Chiropractic Wellness Center and join our ChiroOlympics Event to receive a FREE pedometer. You then can use your pedometer after the Olympics which will be an awesome way monitor your booty getting up and moving!