Thursday, December 8, 2011

Aching Back

Okay – so you’re lucky enough to have a job. That IS GREAT news!

And you may think you’re lucky to have a “desk job”.

Enjoy it, but please BE CAREFUL!

Sitting for long periods of time is HARD on your body.
“Excessive sitting is a lethal activity,” says Dr. James Levine, Mayo Clinic.
  • It strains the back.
  • Metabolism slows.
  • Good cholesterol decreases.
  • Increases risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. 

  • Lose your desk chair
    • Stand at your desk – obviously you need to get a standing desk.
    • Get an exercise ball – sitting on it requires more energy and uses your back and abdominal muscles in a way that chairs don’t.
    • Buy a $4,000 treadmill desk? See the NY Times article; link below.
  • Move around A LOT!
    • Program your watch, cell phone, or computer to beep at certain intervals to remind you.
    • Stand up when you talk on the phone or are reading hard copy.
    • Visit co workers instead of calling or emailing. Get them to walk around or outside the building with you. Have your meeting walking.
    • Take short walk breaks several times a day.

Based on the following very recent articles:
The Antidote to a Sedentary Desk Job, Kurt Elder, Competitor December 2011.
A VERY limited supply is available in J’s BIG GYM and it will be posted on the large blue triangle.
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NY Times


  1. Abdominal exercise in a dynamic way indicates getting away from the traditional crunches and focusing on building core strength. Core training strengthens muscles that stabilize the body. It helps to keep the torso in place while strengthening and firming abdominal muscles.