Did I get your attention? I sure hope so! Do you sit for prolonged periods of time? It's a hot topic here at Pain Free Posture MN and something I recently discussed this in the post 14 Proven Side Effects of Sitting All Day.
Consider this another yet another friendly public service announcement for our Achieving a Pain Free Life and Living readership! Check out this awesome infographic called, Sitting is Killing You (source Medical Billing and Coding Certification). Sadly, the info graphic no longer works, but it is still viewable on MindBodyGreen
Anyway, it's a compilation of facts and data that link prolonged sitting and a sedentary lifestyles to poor posture, musculoskeletal pain and ill health.
Recently, the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise journal published a study on men who sat all day. They found that:
"men who sat the most had the greatest risk of heart problems. Men who spent more than 23 hours a week watching TV and sitting in their cars (as passengers or as drivers) had a 64 percent greater chance of dying from heart disease than those who sat for 11 hours a week or less."
Interestingly, the researchers expected to confirm this result, but they didn't expect to find that:
"many of these same men who sat for very long hours and developed heart problems also exercised. A high number of the participants noted that they exercised regularly and led active lifestyles."
CRAZY! Despite an active lifestyle, the risk of heart disease continued to rise, despite the exercise. Why? Prescribed exercise did not counteract the prolonged periods of time spent sitting.
Exercise did not counteract the negative cumulative effects of prolonged hours of sitting.
Every day I see the repercussions of bodies that have been starved of motion and the correct stimulus to the major load joints. Sitting all day is like poison to the body!
At Pain free Posture MN we believe that in order for our bodies to function optimally, we must adhere to a "blue-print" design and laws. As Pete Egoscue likes to say "The more laws we violate, the faster we age and die." To learn more please check out our FREE DOWNLOAD The 8 Laws of Physical Health
If you sit all day long, you're essentially deprive your body of the correct stimulus and demand. The laws of physical health are interrupted, and we are prone to pain, disease and injury.
The GOOD NEWS is, you can not only change the problem, but you can reverse them with a corrective exercise programs like posture alignment therapy, pilates and other mind/body programs designed by a Certified Posture Alignment Specialist!
The body was designed to move, and in today’s society, we have to purpose to not only move more, but to also be functional. Posture related pain and health problems as outlined in the infographic and study can all clearly be linked to prolonged bouts of sitting.
What are you waiting for? Get out of that chair and do more than just exercise. You’re body will thank you!
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