October 29, 2018
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The conclusions are unanimous- A sedentary lifestyle is the newest plague of our time and is commonly being labeled as “Sitting is the new smoking”.
“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV, and is more treacherous than parachuting.” The Centers for Disease Control reports that 75 cents of every health care dollar are being spent on chronic conditions linked to sedentary behavior like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. These are some of the startling conclusions that have been coming out of research regarding how sedentary lifestyle is affecting Americans.
We see two seemingly, conflicting trends in today’s society that show significant promise for reversing this trend. The first is an ever increasing use, dare I say dependence, on technology. This may seem like a negative trend in this issue, but fighting the inevitable may not be the most effective of methods to combat its effects.
The “Information Age”
The number of hardware options (ex. smart watches) and software (ex. apps) to track health markers like food intake, heart rate variability, sleep cycles, and daily movement are exploding. The second is a trend towards the utilization of natural methods for improving health. The last decade has shown a sharp increase in the use of herbs, vitamins, functional movement, yoga, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and the like for resolving common health conditions.
Companies are now stepping up to serve this population, streamlining the search for effective, actionable information to take back control of one’s health with their services or products. Online courses, webinars, curated content like www.100yearlifestyle.com, assist in navigating the mountains of information produced by the “Information Age”.
With any of these recommendations, doing them regularly is key. Combating the average 14 hours that Americans sit per day takes more than a single bout of exercise. It takes frequency and regularity. It requires a different lifestyle. So, every 40 – 50 minutes take a self-love break and turn the trend in your favor. Sitting may be the new smoking, but active is the new awesome.