“Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns. An analysis of 13 studies of sitting time and activity levels found that those who sit for more than eight hours a day with no physical activity had a risk of dying similar to the risks of dying posed by obesity and smoking.”
James Levine, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, in an interview with the LA Times said, "Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV, and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death."
SO WHAT'S THE ALTERNATIVE?
Mayo Clinic lists some. I thought to include them with my comments.
- Take a break from sitting every 30 minutes.
- Try a standing desk.
- Walk with your colleagues for meetings rather than sitting in a conference room.
- Position your work surface above a treadmill — with a computer screen and keyboard on a stand or a specialized treadmill-ready vertical desk — so that you can be in motion throughout the day.
Have we missed one of the MORE OBVIOUS SOLUTIONS?
Very often when something like sitting is recognized as perilous, we look for alternatives to that thing. Obviously avoiding sitting completely is neither possible nor pleasant.
In many cases, like back ache avoiding sitting doesn't solve the problem. Besides, wouldn't it be nice to have the freedom to work sitting, standing or however we want to, not by compulsion but by choice?
And what if we just want to knit or crochet or watch a movie or read a book or enjoy a cocktail with freinds?
HOW ABOUT WE IMPROVE THE WAY YOU SIT WHEN YOU DO SIT?!
- So you don’t hurt your back and neck?
- So you can be comfortable while you get work done?
- So you have more energy for the most important people in your life?!
- So you have energy to be outside, when you’re NOT sitting?!!
Sound like a good idea ?!
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HERE'S HOW WE ARE GOING TO DO IT
STEP 1: Understanding your unique sitting posture.
This is a very important first step. We can only change what we know!
STEP 2: Discover the specific whole body implications of your particular sitting.
What does your sitting mean for your back, your neck, your shoulders?
STEP 3: Explore a sustainable basis for supporting your torso in sitting.
No pulling shoulders back or pushing chest out!
STEP 4: Playing to Expand Comfort Zone
Playing with strategies for subtle pattern interruptions.
STEP 5: Practical Cues to keep coming back to Comfortable Sitting!
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