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.)