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Sitting is the New Smoking

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Posted on 04-24-2015

With recent studies showing that prolonged sitting and inactivity is bad for your health, We at Enterprise Chiropractic clinic thought we should post a piece about it.  According to studies, the average american adult spends over 60% of their waking day sitting or in sedentary activity.  That's not including the 7-8 hours you should be sleeping per night! For a 12 hour waking day, that's 7.2 hours of sitting.  In an effort to inspire a change, here's a few facts we'd like to share with you and some ways you can get active around Portland

Picture from: http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/doctors-now-warning-sitting-new-3393908


  • In 2010, the American Cancer Society published the results of a study in the Journal of Epidemiology which followed 123,216 individuals for 13 years (1993 – 2006) and found that:
  • Women who were inactive and seated for more than 6 hrs per day were 94% more likely to die during the time period studied, than those who were physically active and sat for less than 3 hrs.  For men the number was 48%.
  • The University of Queensland (Australia) reported that “even when meeting physical activity guidelines, sitting for prolonged periods can compromise metabolic health.

​Facts provided by: http://harikalymnios.com/orange-is-the-new-black-sitting-is-the-new-smoking#sthash.beUq7K37.dpuf

Staying active at Work:

  • Walking across the hall to talk to a coworker instead of sending an email
  • Taking the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Parking your car further away from the entrance
  • Taking a longer, roundabout way to your desk
  • hold standing-only office meetings.
  • Organize the layout of your office space in such a way that you have to stand up to reach oft-used files, the telephone, or your printer, rather than having everything within easy reach. 
  • Set a timer for every 30 minutes to remind yourself to get up and walk around the office
  • Use an exercise ball for a chair. Unlike sitting in a chair, sitting on an exercise ball engages your core muscles and helps improve balance and flexibility.

​For more information on how to stay active at work please visit http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2013/07/12/staying-active.aspx 

Activities to Do Around Portland.

1. Visit the Columbia Gorge and go for a Hike at Willamette Falls

2. Portland Bridge Pedal on August 9th 2015- bike across the Bridges of Portland in this fun family event


3. Join a hiking group- There are many hiking groups in the area, type in "hiking groups in Portland" into google and pick the group that works best for you. Below are links to a popular Hiking group called the Manzamas; who go on weekly hikes around the Portland area, including downtown.



There are  many more activities to do around Portland so it's time for us all to get up and GET ACTIVE!

-Enterprise Chiropractic Clinic

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