Sitting Is the New Smoking

The majority of the population knows that smoking is bad for your health and causes cancer. Now what if I told you that sitting is more dangerous for your health than smoking?  The Los Angeles Times recently interviewed Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and he researched this very statement. Dr. Levine concluded that sitting everyday and being sedentary increases the risk of developing several serious illnesses. Dr. Levine has been studying the adverse effects of our increasingly sedentary lifestyles for years and he has summed up his findings in two sentences.

"Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”

Levine is credited with creating that saying -- "sitting is the new smoking" -- but he's not the only one who has jumped on board the bandwagon. Researchers continue to find more and more evidence that prolonged sitting increases the risk of developing serious illnesses like various types of cancer, heart disease and type-2 diabetes.
Another reason the smoking analogy is relevant is that studies have repeatedly shown the effects of long-term sitting are not easily reversible through exercise or other good habits due to the fact that we continue to spend a lot of time seated and sedentary. Sitting, like smoking, is very clearly bad for our health and the only ways to minimize the risk is to limit the time we spend on our butts each day and get a variety of healthy movement. We need to continue to challenge our bodies physically, psychologically and mentally to stay sharp and healthy as we age.
If you are still sitting after reading this entire post, you obviously have some work to do. Contact us for your complimentary intro session and during the process we will evaluate your posture, biometric markers as well as your define your functional capacity. Don't wait for bad stuff to happen in order to make the change. Join the most fit community in the area and start your transformation today at CrossFit Lake Zurich!

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