What a crazy weekend. Somehow, we managed to pull it all off. Thursday night was a rehearsal dinner for one of my closest friends wedding. Then Friday was the wedding and celebration which seemed to last all day and night. All this was great until the alarm went off at 6:00 am Saturday morning. We had a trip to Boston planned and it started with the Boston College v. Virginia Tech football game which happened to kickoff at 12:30. Needless to say, it was a rough ride to the stadium. But, after a great weekend of eating good food, walking the Freedom Trail, and hiking, we arrived home at 8:00 pm on Monday night. The next morning I realized one thing: sitting down in a car for 5+ can leave you a broken down mess. Which got me thinking...
People all over the world spend a majority of their lives sitting on their butts. It starts from a very young age. Children now spend 4.5 to 6 hours of their time at school sitting down. As you age, and progress through the educational system, nothing really changes. You get yourself a degree and move on to the wonderful world of working. Some of these jobs might require you to sit down for 6, 7, or even 8+ hours a day! Combine that with all the sitting that goes on at home and our bodies are taking a beating throughout the day.
I don't think this is rocket science: THE HUMAN BODY IS MADE TO MOVE! If you idle it, it will begin to crumble at every level. The moment you sit, a large portion of your muscles in the lower body "turn off". You know the old saying, "If you don't use it, you lose it"? This is exactly what happens and muscles will weaken. Then they will stiffen. Because of this, the joint that is surrounded by these muscles will be effected. With the joint malpositioned, it will lead to compensation at other joints. Then the joint can compress the nerves that are close by (sciatica anyone???). And the cycle can continue all the way throughout the body! Combine that with some studies that concluded that sitting for extended periods of time throughout the day (6-8 hours) can lead to higher rates of type 2 diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, etc.
So how do you fix it?
Chris is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and member of the National Strength & Conditioning Association. He has recently served as a high school football and wrestling coach. Chris loves swinging kettlebells around, watching football and reading books!