Sitting is the new smoking folks! A typical day for the average person consists of a lot of sitting. You wake up and sit down to drink your coffee or eat breakfast, most likely while hunched over your phone, tablet, or computer. You then get in you car,sit, and commute to work. After that you get to work, sit down and bang your head against a keyboard for around 8 hours. At the end of the day you get back in your car, sit and drive home. Once you get home, finally able to relax, you sit on your couch to rest, then make your way to bed. The next day you wake up and do it all over again. Does this sound like you?
Dr. James Levine, a doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. refers to this as the “sitting disease”. He goes on to state that “In one study, adults who spent more than four hours a day sitting in front of the television had an 80 percent increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease compared with adults who spent less than two hours a day in front of the TV.”
Studies have linked sitting for long periods of time to health problems such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, high blood sugar and even premature death. A common misconception is that going to the gym or exchanging couch time for an hour of exercise will make up for this kind of sitting lifestyle. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but gym/exercise time does NOT offset the risk. A group of 43 studies, analyzing daily activity and cancer rates, has proven that regardless of how often someone exercise they are still at a higher risk of developing cancer if they are living a sedentary life style. These studies found that 32% of people had a higher risk of endometrial cancer, 21% higher risk of lung cancer and 24% greater risk of getting colon cancer.
Does the amount you sit concern you about your health? Curious to get examined and see if you are at risk? Here at Corrective Chiropractic, Dr. Bagley specializes at reducing and eliminating the stress that sitting puts on your nervous system and spine. Dr. Bagley focuses on the health of the nerves along your spine. These nerves are directly connected to all of your major organs and effects the way they function. By improving the health of the nerves and spine, Dr. Bagley is able to give your body the fighting chance it deserves.
Park, Alice. “How Sitting Is Killing Us.” Time. Time. Web. 22 Oct. 2015