Why Sitting Too Much At Work Could Kill You…
And More Nuggets Of Quality Information
Now that I have your attention, it is time to talk about a serious problem that many people deal with on a day to day basis. Sitting. According to unofficial studies*, it is estimated that nearly every American adult has sat at one point. If you or someone you know has sat down before they may be at risk. Read what follows carefully and you just may change the life of yourself or a cherished loved one.
According to a study cited in a TIME magazine article, people sitting for more than 11 hours a day have potentially double the risk of dying within three years versus those persons who sit for less than 4 hours. The presumed reason for this is that sitting may increase triglycerides, decrease HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol) and decrease insulin sensitivity (creating a condition similar to diabetes).
“For people who are regularly physically active, those who sit less have a lower risk of dying than those who sit more,” says Dr. van der Ploeg.
“For people who are regularly physically active, those who sit less have a lower risk of dying than those who sit more,” says Dr. van der Ploeg
But there is hope! The results of the study indicated that regular physical activity may help combat these metabolic changes. If you or someone you know has a problem, intervention is the key. According to Dr. Van der Ploeg, the best advice is this: “Try ways to break up your sitting and add in more standing or walking where possible. For example, try standing up while on the phone or have a stand-up meeting.” Other healthy options include: taking breaks every hour to perform stretches/exercises and routinely calling in sick to work**. For a list of life saving cubicle conditioning exercises, check out the ACA page here.
*No such studies actually exist. I made that up.
**Bridges Chiropractic does not endorse calling in sick to work, nor do we assume legal liability for those who actually attempt this deplorable behavior. Be a good worker, ya bum!
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