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Is Sitting the New Smoking?

smoking sitting

While sitting isn’t quite as bad as smoking, there are a host of health complications that it increases the risk of.

-Obesity

-Back and Neck Pain

-Blood Clots

-Cardiovascular Disease

-Diabetes

If you have a desk or other sedentary job think about how much you sit every day. It could be 90% of the time you’re awake!

Standing has been shown to increase your resting metabolic rate by as much as 2x when compared to sitting. This is why sitting contributes to obesity. 

Here’s a bit of advice from Dr Rachel Schumate.

"I typically use a standing desk when I am doing any sort of computer work. However, If I don’t have access to the proper height counter or table, I use books or boxes to give more height to my laptop. To reduce back pain with standing, I tend to unlock my knees and stand with a wider base of support with my feet hip width apart. I’ll often put a small stool or step in front of my feet that will allow me to weight shift back and forth. When I need a standing break, I set a stool or tall chair behind me that still fits the ergonomic measurements in the photo above. Don’t forget that it’s important to take breaks! Even micro breaks of 30-60 seconds every hour can boost your productivity!"

Dr Rachel Schumate

This is what the Mayo Clinic recommends.

  • Take a break from sitting every 30 minutes.
  • Stand while talking on the phone or watching television.
  • If you work at a desk, try a standing desk — or improvise with a high table or counter.
  • 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.

By following this basic advice you can live a happier, healthier life!

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