Stand Up for Your Health

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By Karen McNew McGuire on January 27, 2017


Fact Check: Sitting is bad for our health.


One of my co-workers has a sign in her office that says, "Stand. Stretch. Take a walk. Go to the airport. Fly to Key West. Never return." 

It makes me laugh, because we all sometimes feel the need to jet off somewhere to get away from it all, but at the same time the sign is a great reminder that we all need to get up and move around more throughout our day.

When I worked in a news room as a reporter, I was moving around all of the time. From being out and about in the community working on different news stories to standing at the anchor desk for 90 minutes each night, I was in motion most of the day. 

Then, I switched jobs, and in my current position there are times when I am as busy as I was during my reporting days, but there are other days when I find myself engrossed in projects at my desk for several hours. I can definitely tell a difference in how I feel when I am sitting most of the day versus moving around. 
"Sitting has a lot of harmful effects on the cardiovascular system and on some of your chemistries in your internal system," explained Anthony Stavola, M.D., vice chair of Family Medicine at Carilion Clinic. "We are really trying to encourage people not to spend a lot of time sitting but to get up and move around more."

Brian Williams, a fitness trainer at Carilion Wellness added that our spines are not designed to sit in a chair for a long period of time. 

"People who sit for too long tend to extend their neck or round their shoulders which can cause problems with the lower back."

Watch our video to learn more and get tips on how to break the sitting habit.