“Oppressed so hard they cannot stand, let my people go.”
The original meaning of these sayings was never aimed at getting people to stop sitting. However, as an author, I’m going to utilize my artistic license, and pretend they do. I’m also going to tell you that sitting less in 2011 may be one of the most attainable and beneficial resolutions you could keep.
In previous blogs on office ergonomics, I’ve made several suggestions on creating a healthier work life style. This year I’ve decided to change tactics. No more skirting around the issue with polite hints and cautious prods. There is such an abundance of scientific evidence supporting movement in the office (not to mention in the classroom, the subject of future blogs), that in good conscious I can’t soft soap the topic any longer.
While I acknowledge there is no such thing as an “average” American, significant research indicates that in general, Americans and indeed those Canadians, Australians, Western Europeans and British who share key behaviors with their Yankee cousins, spend too much time engaged in sedentary behavior and not enough time engaged in non-exercise physical activity (7.7 hours total sitting time estimates one study).
By our guest blogger, E. Andrew Woods, Ergonomist, Ergonomics and Wellness Consultants Inc.
Over the last several decades technology has made life easier. In fact, too easy. Our working lives have transformed from being very active at work and home to not having to get out of our chairs all day.
Face it; we can do everything today without having to get up out of our chair! This includes filing, communication, accounting, even ordering lunch! Add to that our hour home lives have labor saving devices including automatic garage door openers and remote controls for our entertainment systems. (When was the last time you purchased a television that did not have a remote?)
Recent research shows that 70% of our waking day is in a seated position. This prolonged sitting and sedentary work and home lifestyle has led to a new classification of health risks called “sitting disease.”
Yes, I confess. I’m an Oprah junkie. Just thinking about her leaving her daily slot makes me cringe. I “DVR”/record her shows during the day so I can watch them at night. I read her magazine. I’ve even purchased favorite and important episodes to send to my kids—(in my opinion, the Debt Diet should be must watch for any newlywed couple.)