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Sitting Is Killing You

Sitting Is Killing You

Recently I’ve come across a few articles on the negative effects sitting has on your body. Most notably, “Sitting is Killing You.” The graphic has some startling information we should all be aware of. We spend an average of 9.3 hours a day sitting. Since we’re supposed to be awake for 16 hours, this means that well over half our day is spent doing little or no physical effort. For many, not much of the other 7 hours are spent doing much physical activity, either.

When we sit, electrical activity in the legs shuts off; we burn only one calorie per minute, and enzymes that break down fat drop by 90 percent–just to name a few.

So what can you do to balance your day–or better yet–lifestyle? It really isn’t that surprising: GET MOVING!

If you have a desk job, when you take a bathroom break use the bathroom a floor or two away–and take the stairs. Take a walk at lunch and try not to work through lunch. Stretching or standing while at your desk, and standing while on the phone get your blood flowing, too. These are just a few ideas, and if you (stand up) and think about it, you’ll easily come up with more!

Don’t forget about getting active after work as well. If you take public transit to work, get off a few stops early and walk the last 30 minutes home. You can also join a club for almost any activity, but do something you enjoy and do it at least three or four times a week. Again, the ideas are endless. All you have to do is be creative and commit to your favorite activities on a regular basis.

So now that you have some ideas on how to get active after sitting so much, what are you doing to sit in a healthy, relaxed way? Scheduling and committing to at least one massage a month can keep you sitting without your excess physical stress weighing you down even further.

Massage combats the negative side effects of shutting off leg muscle electricity, stimulate gut enzymes and help you recover from your new activity regime.

Be sure your therapist does a thorough job of flushing your legs, meaning a massage minimum of 20 minutes. The most well-known benefit of massage is, of course, relaxation–but relaxing is no joke. It sets off numerous health benefits. In our high-stress world, your gut doesn’t function properly, and a relaxing massage starts up your gut to digest food better. The telling sign this is happening is your stomach gurgles towards the end of the massage. This isn’t your stomach telling you your hungry, it’s firing up again and doing what it’s suppose to do.

In many circles the gut is known as the second brain. Your second brain contains about 100 million neurons, more than either the spinal cord or peripheral nervous system. Your second brain sends signals to your head, like butterflies, for example. Many studies connectboth brains to mental health and some diseases.

So at the end of the day, get off your butt because it’s killing you! And schedule a massage while you’re at it. Don’t be afraid of new adventures, be afraid of not trying new ones.

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3:43AM PDT on May 21, 2015

Keep the ball rolling you have done the great job here.

12:31AM PST on Nov 5, 2014

Useful article. Body needs to be flexible and fluid.

12:58AM PST on Dec 11, 2013

I know of someone that no matter what she is doing she stands up for the entire day with only sitting down for driving, sleeping, eating and few other things. She even stands up whilst doing crafts. She believes that this will looses her weight but she is in pain by the end of the day. I personally have really bad posture from sitting on stalls and I slouch really bad too. If you are kept busy you don't sit down much anyway. I try to exercise as much I can. Thank you for the post.

10:32AM PDT on Jun 8, 2013


6:51AM PDT on Jun 8, 2013

Thanks for the info.

5:07PM PDT on May 20, 2013

interesting! i just had that very experience of a gurgling stomach about halfway through my massage this afternoon!

9:16PM PDT on May 18, 2013

i am home from the hospital due to a blood clot in my lungs. no idea the source. i too sit long hours at work. i am trying to work short walks into my day. scary how this snuck up on me.

12:57AM PDT on May 18, 2013

Free your body and the rest will follow!

10:06AM PDT on May 15, 2013

Thanks !! :)

5:20PM PDT on May 12, 2013

Get off my butt, check.

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