Sitting is the new smoking.
LOTS of people have recently been making noise about our 'sitting culture'. Sitting is the new smoking they say.
Well if you look at the research they are totally wrong.
Studies on the death rate associated with obesity in the United States is now 35 million. But do you know what it is in relationship to Tobacco? Just(!) 3.5 million people. Obviously sitting and obesity are not synonymous but research shows that 1 hour of sitting lowers the production of enzymes that burn fat declines by as much as 90%. Extended sitting slows the body’s metabolism affecting things like (good cholesterol) HDL levels in our bodies. Research shows that this lack of physical activity is directly tied to 6% of the impact for heart diseases, 7% for type 2 diabetes, and 10% for breast cancer, or colon cancer.
So yeah, I guess I am saying sitting and obesity are synonymous. Suprise to me as well. I assumed cake and just to head this idea off before you decide to hide behind it. No, being massively active for an hour or two every day at the gym doesn't balance it out any more than a litre of kale smoothie balances out smoking a packet of Marlboro lights every day.
If that link isn't enough borrowed authority on this subject how about the Mayo Clinic, the BBC or the (now apparently quite respectable) Huffington Post.
With that I'm going to assume you are sold on the whole moving about more idea. Email over and get on with your life.
BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE!
Getting up and moving more starting a few paragraphs ago for the rest of your life should help to protect you from the miserable statistics i just forced on you but what about the other problems that spending more time sitting than sleeping from primary school through to today have caused?
Tight, internally rotated shoulders (forward hunch), inflexible T-spine (try linking your hands behind your back, one up one down), tight hips and hamstrings (touch your toes) and unstable core muscles (one PERFECT press-up is all I ask) isn't even a complete list of associated problems.
Just because you have stood up from the desk doesn't mean your body has suddenly forgotten that position. That 'movement pattern' will take over how you walk, run, lift and even sleep.
I've sold you on moving more but selling people on moving well is always the challenge.
If you have aches, tight muscles, are prone to minor injurys, feel unstable or unbalanced or aren't able to perform to the level you should be capable of then maybe the problem isn't how much you are doing but HOW you are doing it, not just In the gym but always.
I can't tell you where to start because despite my friendly and personable writing style I've no idea who I'm actually talking to. The human body is very complex and everyone will compensate and adjust to problems (like sitting too much) differently.
Step One with any client whether they want to do the odd group session, train with me three time a week or just wants to have a little advice and direction to do their own thing is a movment screen.
This will allow us to see what you do and how you do it when demonstrating different movement patterns. The good ones can be pushed for strength and conditioning improvements, the okay ones can be polished and improved and the ugly ones can be fixed. These patterns are the ingredients that make up the different activities and excercises you perform in life.
If this sounds like something you could use email Richard@ForceOfNaturePT.com or let me know when you are free here.
Richard James Bath