Why Sitting Sucks

Legendary comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, said it best. “To me, if life boils down to one thing, it's movement. To live is to keep moving.” However, in a society where we spend an average of 12 hours a day sitting, movement has seemed to take a back-seat to technology (think laptops, phones, cars and TV’s). While moving our bodies has a direct correlation with overall health and longevity; it has an equally profound effect on our brain function, memory, and cognition.

If we haven’t yet convinced you to sit less and move more, then maybe these scary statistics from the Center of Disease Control will…

  • Over 100 million Americans are living with Diabetes or Prediabetes

  • 1 in 3 Americans is obese (compared to 12% in 1960’s)

  • Americans spent over $100 billion in 2016 to “treat” back pain

  • Over 3 million deaths in the U.S per year are due to physical inactivity

Now, that is the bad news…but here is the GREAT news:

YOU ARE IN CONTROL. By making some simple lifestyle changes, we can reverse a lot of the negative effects of Sitting Disease. By simply sitting less and moving more, we can dramatically increase our health and prevent future disease. In addition, you will likely see your focus and productivity improve with mood and energy levels increasing as well.

Are you going to be a slave to the chair, couch and computer? Or are you going to take advantage of those two things, called legs? Humans were born to move. And I’m pretty sure that most of you reading this are humans...

All joking aside, we care about each and every one of you individually. We hope you choose the second option to live a long life in which you can do all of the things you enjoy with all of the people that you love. We are here with you on this journey called LIFE. Please refer to the videos provided below for a quick explanation on why exactly sitting is so destructive to the body and some simple solutions that you can start NOW! 

Here is another video showing some alternative ways to sit at our desk that incorporate balance, mobility and stability:

At E3, we want to make the biggest impact possible. This is why we have started to work with some local businesses and help them with their "Sitting Disease." If you're interested in learning more and/or bringing us to your office for a Wellness Wednesday, send us a message here.

Jeremy Abramson