How many of us sit for most of the day? Commute an hour to work each way and sit at a desk for 8 hours? Ride the bus to school and then sit in class?
Well, at least when we get home we move around, right? We all have felt the stiffness in our bodies after a long car ride. The first thing we do when we get out of the car is stretch out and probably let out some sort of groan. Prolonged bouts of sitting will tighten the muscles of the anterior hip and the majority of us then will round our shoulders leading to tight shoulders and added stress to our lower back. Some research has shown an even greater danger than an achy back.
A study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, titled Sitting Time and Mortality from All Causes, Cardiovascular Disease, and Cancer, sought out to find the relationship between sedentary behaviors and mortality rates. The study compared different amounts of time spent sedentary. Their finding was that increased sedentary behavior leads to an increase in all cause mortality. Quite simply the more you sit the greater a chance of death!
Activity can be as simple as getting up to walk around the office every 30 minutes., Set time aside to walk outside and progress your way to a more structured workout plan. Joining a class is sometimes easier than going at it alone. It can be nice to have someone tell you what you’re suppose to do and be a part of a fun group environment. The class we offer is BOOSTFit and it has provided people the workout and activity they need to be healthy. Before each workout take 15 minutes to foam roll, stretch and perform a dynamic warm up and post workout cool down and stretch again. Keep your body feeling fresh!
Post Workout Cool Down Stretches:
Katzmarzyk, Peter T., Timothy S. Church, Cora L. Craig, and Claude Bouchard. “Sitting Time and Mortality from All Causes, Cardiovascular Disease, and Cancer.” Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 41.5 (2009): 998-1005. Web.