“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”
-DR. JAMES LEVINE, PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE AT THE MAYO CLINIC
Educating and empowering our community towards an active and healthy lifestyle.
The American Heart Association also quotes former Surgeon General Richard Carmona:
“Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.”
And childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years, according to the CDC. One of the obvious suspects is the amount of time children spend in front of some kind of screen, at school and at home. This results in children sitting at school, then sitting at home.
American children now spend on average 65-70% of their time in class sitting down.
According to a study published in 2013 by the Mayo Clinic, back pain is the third most common cause of doctor visits in the United States. And according to American Family Physician, only 25 to 30% of people seek treatment for their back pain. So if you’re experiencing back pain, you’re not alone.
Many back pain sufferers struggle with what’s causing their back pain, not realizing the 8 or more hours they spend sitting could be the main culprit.
According to Cornell University Department of Ergonomics, up to 90% more pressure is put on your back when you sit vs. when you stand. There are several reasons why, the first being that if you’re like most Americans, you habitually sit in ways that cause tension and imbalance in your back and neck. This applies to sitting at work, in the car, and at home.