Get Up Offa That Thing!
IF YOU WANT TO LIVE MORE, SIT LESS
“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV, and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.” Those are the words of Dr. James Levine, who made headlines back in 2014 when he released the results of years of research into what’s really killing Americans. Just as cigarette use was killing Americans in droves back when the population still smoked, the prevalence of desk jobs is a huge health risk today. Humans, it turns out, are meant to be on their feet and on the go, just like our ancestors were. “We have created for ourselves a modern way of living that clashes with the way we’re meant to be,” Levine says. We’ve seen that sitting can also lead to other health issues, like carpal tunnel syndrome, pinched nerves, and strained eyes and muscles. And if you’re not in good shape (because you sit all day at work), you’re more likely to get injured doing other activities in your life. Levine says that, ideally, you should spend four hours a day on your feet. Of course, that may not be an option for many of you, especially if you work a desk job. We recommend getting up at least once an hour and walking around for a few minutes. Even a trip to the water cooler is better than nothing!
But the real way to combat a sedentary job is to live an active life after hours. A lot of us want to plop down in front of the TV, but we’d be better off taking a long walk after work and spending some time cooking in the kitchen — on our feet, of course. You can also go to a standing desk, or even a treadmill desk — which Levine invented
“I started out with severe pain in my left shoulder. I couldn’t raise my arm to wash my hair, and putting on a jacket was painful. I gave up on my yoga and aerobics classes. Thanks to Amanda, I’m back to aerobics and yoga and moving pain- free. Kinetic is a terrific place, and Amanda is wonderful and very caring. Thanks for all your help!”
“I had a great experience here. My therapists worked with me at a pace I was comfortable with. I was never asked to do anything that I was unable to do. My range of motion is about 98 percent better than when I started. I was very happy with the staff; everyone was very friendly. I would come for PT here again.”
– Deborah Wicker, March 21, 2017
- Carol Grasser, March 25, 2017
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