How Sitting Can Kill You

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It’s a fact, sitting can be detrimental to your health. A recent medical journal study showed that people who sit for most of their day are 54% more likely to die of a heart attack. Scary! To make matters worse, sitting may not just be bad for your heart but also for your posture. Sit all day typing away on your computer? You’re inviting muscle stiffness, poor balance and mobility, and lower-back, neck, and hip pain. Ouch! Bottom line- we weren’t designed to sit for hours on end and we’re paying the price for it. Sitting is this generation’s cigarette.

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So, what’s the big deal about parking your butt in a chair for hours a day? You belong to a gym, you workout. Well, it turns out that even if you still manage to squeeze in five 45 min workouts, but sit for 5 hours or more… you’re still just an exercising couch potato. Get this- new evidence suggests that the more you sit, the greater the likelihood of dying an early death NO MATTER how much you exercise or how lean you are. Yikes!

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Now we know how our heart suffers when we’re desk-bound what’s up with the rest of our bod? To fully understand, go with me on this quick anatomy tour. Let me introduce you to your fascia. Fascia is the connective tissue that plays an integral role in supporting your form. This dense connective tissue covers all of our muscles, bones, nerves, arteries, and veins, as well as all of our internal organs. Grab your 3D glasses to get a in depth view of how it supports your organs and joints from your head to your perfectly pedicured toenails. In it’s natural state, fascia is elastic and pliable, but it can become constricted due to traumas, accidents, repetitive motions, or poor postural habits (like sitting in front of your computer all day). So while fascia is a go-with-the-flow kinda guy, it tends to “set” in the position our muscles are most in. Shoulders hunched forward, neck craning forward, knees bent, hips tightening, booty muscles weakening. Click. Your fascia is taking this as a photo of where it should be living. NOT. GOOD. Not to mention painful. So, what’s a office bound creature to do?

 First step is to make sure you are getting that regular exercise when you’re not at the office or traveling on the plane. That’s first and foremost. Secondly, think in terms of movement. You MUST get moving throughout your day! Take the stairs instead of the elevator, stand up when you’re talking on the phone, walk around the office, consider even getting a standing desk. Anything that gets you off your arse and up and at em. Your body will thank you.

Now’s your chance to get active and live longer as a result! We know that Pilates is both an investment in time and money- and want you to have the most out of your sessions. This is why we offer an introductory special to all first time clients at our studio. This customized approach allows our instructors to specialize a Pilates program just for you.  Build your foundation solidly. 

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