Sitting On Your Ass Is Hazardous To Your Health: A Preview

by Dr. Christopher on July 12, 2011

Can you exercise enough to decrease your risk of chronic disease when you sit more than half of the day?
The Swedish-built Automower
 
Is there another strategy besides exercise to decrease your risk of chronic disease?
 
When it comes to your health and happiness, it’s important to know when you’re gambling with your life.
 
Sitting may just be one of those games where you’re gambling your health away.

Your Genes and Technology

You’re a hunter gatherer.  Your genes haven’t changed in 40,000 years (1).  But your environment has.
 
Check out the Swedish-built Automower.  Salesman say that it sells because people don’t want to work anymore.
 
Technology continues to engineer physical activity out of our everyday lives, making our lives easier in effort, harder on health.
 
What should you do?

A Lecture: Sitting On Your Ass Is Hazardous To Your Health

For those of you that live in the North Jersey area, I will be giving a lecture titled Sitting On Your Ass Is Hazardous To Your Health on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at 11:30 AM at Guerrilla Fitness Crossfit Morristown in Morristown, NJ. 
 
It is free and open to the public, although we will be accepting donations for Roots and Wings NJ, a not-for-profit organization empowering young adults into self-sufficient lives out of the foster care system.
 
Current research on sitting and health will be discussed, as well as what is physiologically happening inside of our bodies, and what we can do to take our health back.
 
For those of you that live far away, don’t worry.  I’ll be posting what I’ve discovered in a future post.
 
In the meantime, ask yourself: do you have low back pain, hip pain, neck, shoulder, or forearm pain?  Do you have a forward head posture or rounded shoulders.  Does your low back have an excessive lumber curve or an artificially big butt?
 
Then you have gambled and lost … and may be suffering the consequences of excessive sitting.
 
Dr. Christopher Stepien is a chiropractor, chronic pain specialist, and A.R.T. provider, and clinic director of the Barefoot Rehabilitation Clinic in Morristown, NJ.  He practices out of Crossfit Morristown.
 
Reference
 
 (1) Booth et al.  Waging war on modern chr0nic diseases: primary prevention through exercise biology.  J Apply Physiol 88:774-787, 2000.
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