Our Sedentary Life

Our Sedentary Life

For many of us, our way of life requires us to sit for long periods at a time. In fact, we spend about eight hours a day sitting. At work, at home, at meetings, during travel, and in the classroom. And when we sit, we tend to sit still. 

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For our ancestors, physical activity wasn't scheduled into daily life – it was life. We now spend about 55 percent of our waking hours sitting at our work desks and dinner tables, in our cars or on public transport, or in front of our many screens. And it’s seriously affecting our health.

The negative effects begin in childhood. Back pain. Neck and shoulder tension. Muscle degeneration. Weight issues and an inability to concentrate. In the US, it’s called the Silicon Valley syndrome. Health professionals refer to it as the ‘new smoking’. Our sedentary way of life has become a very real problem for all of us, regardless of how fit and healthy we are.

And unfortunately, no amount of vigorous exercise and therapeutic treatments can counter the negative effects of sitting, inactive, for hours at a time. 

Quite simply, we need to change the way we sit. We need to move.  

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The freedom to move

When we sit for long periods at a time, we become restless, tense, and find it difficult to concentrate. But there is a simple solution – movement. 

Our bodies are made to move. To tilt, rock, turn, pivot, extend, and flex. Movement improves our muscle tone and balance, stimulates our circulation and raises our energy levels. Vital for our general wellbeing, enjoying the freedom to move when sitting makes us happier, healthier, stronger, and more focused. 

Is it time to change your sitting habits?




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