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More on the Perils of Sitting and the Posture Solution April 30, 2014

Posted by jeffrooney in Egoscue Method, Movement, Posture, Posture Alignment Therapy, The Human Body, Uncategorized.
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On my website I have a short article called “Achy From Sitting Too Much – Try These Exercises” about the problems associated with too much sitting in our society and beyond. I just came across a very detailed account of this problem in an article at Mind Body Green where it publishes an info graphic from FastCompany. Both websites are new to me but I am glad to see this problem get more attention. See below:

Just from the time I wrote the article a few years ago to now things have apparently gotten much worse in this regard. See how your own experience stacks up to these statistics in the info graphic.

In my article I point out that the “design requirements” of our human body are not at all met by the preponderance of sitting, computer use and so on. Our bodies get bent out of shape as muscles are disused and our bony frame misaligned, causing us much grief.  Hey, we evolved as upright beings after all! This all reveals the need to give the body the physical stimulus that is lacking in the sitting posture.  The exercises at the bottom of the article are examples of using posture alignment therapy developed by Pete Egoscue to do just that. Give them a try and tune into the muscles that are being used throughout. This routine won’t solve all your problems but give a sense of using postural muscles meant to get daily use. Feel free to contact me if you need more specific input.

In the meantime – stop sitting so much and get more active, your body will love you for it!

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More on the Perils of Sitting – New York Times Article December 2, 2012

Posted by jeffrooney in Egoscue, Posture, Posture Alignment Therapy.
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images-1I just read an article in the health section of the December 2 Sunday NY Times with more to offer on the modern perils of sitting too much. It is called “Taking a Stand for Office Ergonomics”.  The gist of it is that more research is confirming what many instinctively feel is harmful with being stuck in a chair for hours on end. Here is a quote:

“The research comes more from observing the health results of people’s behavior than from discovering the biological and genetic triggers that may be associated with extended sitting. Still, scientists have determined that after an hour or more of sitting, the production of enzymes that burn fat in the body declines by as much as 90 percent. Extended sitting, they add, slows the body’s metabolism of glucose and lowers the levels of good (HDL) cholesterol in the blood. Those are risk factors toward developing heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.”

A solution that has emerged is the now booming industry of ergonomic desks that are adjustable to an upright position allowing the computer user to stand or even walk while working.  I would say that is a positive step.

Of course, I have an additional or even should I say alternate solution ~ exercise for the integrity of your posture.  See my tab “Try These Exercises” on my website http://www.empoweredbodysolutions.com for a short routine to give postural input to your body when sitting too much. It is short enough to do at work if your situation allows. Let me know if it helps

Achy From Sitting Too Much? Try These Exercises! July 8, 2012

Posted by jeffrooney in Egoscue, Exercise, Posture, Uncategorized.
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Recently I posted an article to WaccoBB.net about the vast amounts of sitting we do and the toll it can take on our body. Take a look and give the exercises a try after a long day. Let me know how it goes.

http://www.waccobb.net/forums/showthread.php?88097-Achy-From-Sitting-Too-Much-Try-These-Egoscue-Exercises!&highlight=egoscue

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