Sunday, August 7, 2011

Is Your Chair Evil?

Yeah the chair we all are sitting in right now can be thought of as pure evil. However not like a cruel, unjust, and sinister kind of evil, but a much worst form of evil which is called "necessary" evil. In our so called modern society sitting in chairs could be considered a competitive sport. In our daily lives we all sit to relax, learn, enjoy entertainment, travel, work, and various other reasons. Many of us sit for 6 to 10 hrs each day. Does that make you want you stand up, well if not lets look a little deeper.

In the sitting position the human body is relatively immobilized and this is the position most of us are in for a significant portion of our waking hours. Being in this position as much as we are leads to metabolic, muscle weakness, bio mechanical, and orthopedic problems, which basically interferes with your ability to move appropriately and exercise without pain. I have worked with many people who complain about lower and upper back pain related to long hours of sitting.

So what do we do? Well I cannot expect that we will stop sitting all together as it is a big part of our current way of life. However I can ask or suggest that we look for ways to sit less. In addition to sitting less, I suggest starting a fitness program that is designed and geared towards strengthening and restoring the function of the human body. Basically a counter-attack for the many hours of sitting we will endure. Focus on strengthen the glutes (butt), hamstrings, core muscles, and upper back muscles. In addition focus on flexibility by stretching the hip flexors, chest muscles, hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves.

Overall the goal of any fitness program outside of weight-loss, fat-loss, or building muscle which are all important; is to help maintain or restore function to the human body as we progress in age. In our daily lives we desire to be healthy and pain free as we carry out the business of our day. So focus on sitting less, exercising appropriately, and eating nutritiously and you will be on the right path.

EDUCATION and SAFETY always leads to RESULTS.

Be Well.

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