Sitting Epidemic Therapy Questions and Answers
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Is sitting an epidemic?
If you’ve noticed the popularity of standing desks, there’s a very good reason for that. Thanks to technology, more and more people are working from home, sitting at their computers, but it’s causing a lot of serious medical problems. So, in short, yes, there is a sitting epidemic. Prolonged sitting has been linked to putting those who sit for long periods of time every day at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and increases all causes of mortality. The biggest indicator of a sitting epidemic is watching television, America’s favorite pass-time, and the past two years where most people had to stay at home due the pandemic, have made it even worse. It’s estimated that close to 80 percent of American’s watch at least 2 hours of television each day, not including face-to-phone time. One striking statistic from the World Health Organization estimates that a sedentary lifestyle accounts for 10 percent of deaths world-wide, placing it among the top ten leading cause of mortality globally, and many of these deaths are entirely avoidable. Life expectancy experts estimate that by simply reducing sitting time to 3 hours per day, life-expectancy increases by up to 2 years, and reducing television viewing to under 2 hours per day increases life-expectancy by 1.38 years.
How does a sedentary lifestyle affect your body?
Significant scientific evidence proves that excessive sitting will dramatically increase the risk of lung, uterine and colon cancer, as well as reduce one’s mental and emotional health, concentration and overall productivity.
The risk of diminished cardiovascular health and developing cardiovascular disease is greatly increased from a sedentary lifestyle, and, according to studies, can double one’s risk of:
- Diabetes and obesity
- Colon cancer
- High blood pressure
- Lipid disorders (blood)
- Depression and anxiety
Another frightening statistic is that 60 to 85 percent of people in the world lead a sedentary lifestyle, making it one of the most serious and urgent, yet insufficiently addressed, global health emergency.
How can I protect myself from the dangers of sitting?
It may feel satisfying to get a good brisk walk in for 30 minutes a day, but it won’t do much good if you’re sedentary the other 23 and half hours.
There are some simple habits to develop that can dramatically reduce the risk of health problems associated with excessive sitting and a sedentary lifestyle. Below is a short list of small adjustments to make throughout your day that can make all the difference for your long-term health:
- Standing up every 30 minutes, even if for just 30 seconds, it will make a difference
- Invest in a standing desk, but make sure to take a movement break every 30 minutes
- Stand for every phone call, if possible
- Park a distance away from the office or store entrance so you can walk
- Carry a water bottle, but only fill it halfway, making you get up more often to fill it
Again, this is just a short list of options that anyone can do, practically anywhere, to reduce the risks and dangers of a sedentary lifestyle. This list can easily be expanded with a little creative thinking, and before you know it, you will have developed habits that promote well-being in all aspects of life, especially your health.
How can Hoboken Integrated Healthcare help me?
At Hoboken Integrated Healthcare, our highly skilled, and experienced chiropractors, functional medicine practitioners, and pain management specialists, take great pride in providing our patients with effective, and natural healthcare solutions in a professional and comfortable environment. We get to the root of your pain, and provide solutions that work for you. Call our office to set up a consultation appointment, or visit our website for more information or directions to our care center. We can help guide you on everything you need to know about sitting for long periods of time and we can help provide treatments and tips to help keep your health in check. Hoboken Integrated Healthcare Center is located at 90 Hudson St Hoboken, NJ 07030. Please give us a call or request an appointment online. We serve patients from Hoboken NJ, Jersey City NJ, Union City NJ, Secaucus NJ, Newark NJ, and North Bergen NJ.