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Why Sitting Too Much Causes Pain and Brain Fog



Written by Rob Schlicker (More info @ Rob's Blog)
 
We sit at the breakfast table. We sit when commuting to work. We sit at our desk. We sit on the ride home. We sit at the dinner table. We sit as we watch TV.
 
Which begs the question, what effect does sitting have on our body and mind?
 
In the human history, chairs are a relatively recent invention. We evolved to walk, run, forage, climb, and hunt, in other words, we evolved to MOVE.
 
In this series we analyze the problems with sitting and how, with a little bit of effort, we can take back our health and freedom.
 
Episode 1: The Problems with Sitting
 
 
So, what are those problems?
 
1) Joint Pain - Sitting wrecks havoc on our joints by shortening the muscles around them, causing our muscles to atrophy, and placing the body in a less than ideal position.
2) Productivity Loss - Brain fog is a real thing. When we engage in non-exercise activity (like walking), our body must deliver more blood to our extremities. The same applies to our brain. When we move, our brain functions better. So, if you want to get rid of the 2:30pm feeling, try taking a stroll.
3) Weight Gain - It's no secret that a sedentary lifestyle contributes to excessive weight gain. Obviously there are many contributing factors here (with the largest one being proper nutrition) but not moving for 10 hours a day is a metabolism killer.
4) Sitting and More Sitting - The last problem is that we sit ALL THE TIME. Sitting is at the core of our culture. It's time we changed that.
Now, there are plenty more problems associated with sitting too much but these will suffice for this episode.
 
Interested in learning more? But the book here - Deskbound: Standing up to a Sitting World.
 
 
 
Group Class Programming for Monday, February 6, 2017:
 
 
Life:
5 rounds for time of:
5 Kettlebell Deadlifts (53/35#)
10 Strict Burpees
 
Fitness:
5 rounds for time of:
5 Deadlifts (135/95#)
10 Burpees
 
Performance:
5 rounds for time of:
5 Deadlifts (275/185#)
10 Burpees