Sitting disease can be considered a sign of the times – technology is pushing us toward a more sedentary society. You can buy groceries, read a novel and everything in between, behind a computer. One could very easily sit behind a desk all day without even thinking about it. Increasing physical activity is generally a good idea, but moving throughout the day is an important step toward health. A study by the Women’s Health Initiative reports that even if individuals workout regularly, prolonged sitting can still significantly increase a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Sitting disease is definitely one that can be avoided with awareness and some conscious effort. Stuck at the office? If you have to, set a timer and make it a point to stand up and stretch every 30 minutes. Walk or pace while talking on the phone. Take all of your breaks and walk. At home, get off the couch. Play video games where you are the controller. Be productive while watching your favorite shows – dust, sweep, mop. Limit your time behind a screen, don’t get caught up in useless web surfing. If it’s safe, take advantage of your neighborhood and walk to the grocery store, coffee house, or a restaurant. Now that you’re aware of sitting disease, it’s time to get up and get moving!
"If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger."- Frank Lloyd Wright