Dr. James Levine, co-director of the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, studied the effects of prolonged sitting on health. He describes these conclusions of this study in his book Get Up! Why your chair is killing you and what you can do about it. According to Dr. Levine, if you spent more than six hours of your day sitting on your chair, you are more prone to the so-called Western diseases: continuous back pain, pain in neck and shoulders, obesity, diabetes and osteoporosis and worse, even cancer.
Have you ever summed up how much time each day you spend seated?
Seated at breakfast. Sitting in your car, on the bus or on the train to work or to school. Sitting at your desk, during your lunch break, in the classroom and again sitting on the way home, sitting at the dinner table and then comfortable on the couch in front of the TV… sitting again.
More and more often (also young) people complain about lack of sleep, back pain or loss of energy. Our sedentary lifestyle is the culprit, such a difference from our ancestors. All day they had to provide food, so while hunting or farming, they were constantly in motion. For us this need has vanished. There is food and drink in abundance, even within a radius of one hundred meters. Thus the modern man moves less and less and the consequences are clear: overweight, underactive and lethargic, suffering from back pain and other ailments.
Of course many people do say, I walk every day about ten minutes from the train station to work or I go to the gym four times a week… Unfortunately, research has shown that this is not enough; prolonged sitting will annul the positive effect of these short exercises.