Legendary comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, said it best, “To me, if life boils down to one thing, it’s movement. To live is to keep moving.”
In a society where we spend an average of 12-hours a day sitting, movement has seemed to take a back-seat to technology (think laptops, phones, cars and TV’s).
While moving our bodies has a direct correlation with overall health and longevity, it has an equally profound effect on our brain function, memory, and cognition.
If I haven’t yet convinced you to sit less and move more, then maybe these scary statistics from the Center of Disease Control will.
- Over 100 million Americans are living with Diabetes or Prediabetes
- 1 in 3 Americans is obese (compared to 12% in 1960’s)
- Americans spent over $100 billion in 2016 to “treat” back pain
- Over 3 million deaths in the U.S per year are due to physical inactivity
Now, that is the bad news – but here’s the good news:
YOU ARE IN CONTROL
By making some simple lifestyle changes, we can reverse a lot of the negative effects of Sitting Disease. By simply sitting less and moving more, we can dramatically increase our health and prevent future disease. In addition, you will likely see your focus and productivity improve with mood and energy levels increasing as well.
Here are a few videos for a quick explanation on why exactly sitting is so destructive to the body and some simple solutions that you can start today.
- How Sitting Ruins the Body
2). Alternatives to Sitting
3). Stretching While Sitting