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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

Facts:

  • 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

http://blog.bridgepedal.com/

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.

  http://mazamas.org/activities-events/classicmazamas/

http://mazamas.org/activities-events/hiking-trail-trips/

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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