Saturday 9 November 2013

Time to get the weight back on your feet!

How often have you been told to sit down and get the weight off your feet? Well, such advice may not being doing you as much good as you think.

Modern technologies have made us the most sedentary generation to ever walk the earth (or sit on our bottoms). Many of us will sit for many hours each day at work, in the car, bus or train as part of a commute and then again in front of the TV or computer/laptop/tablet in the evening.

I recently read an article from the BBC news magazine titled 'Calorie burner: How much better is standing up than sitting?' It's well worth reading. I did so and then typed this post while standing - actually, walking at a treadmill desk. The report talks about reducing arthritic pain, burning calories and raising heart rate.

In my opinion, this is a really important matter. Along with chiropractors all around the world, I constantly encourage my patients to get up and move more. Getting out of our seats, even if just to stand, is a good first step. Simple changes really can make a big difference.