Sitting Addiction in America
By Western Berks on November 3rd, 2018
We’re rapidly transforming into an out-of-shape nation. Most Americans spend the bulk of their days driving a car, working on a computer, eating meals and watching TV. Newsflash: America has a sitting addiction. With the advent of wearable devices to track fitness levels and so many other resources to safely add more activity into our lives, there really isn’t any excuse to falling victim to a sedentary lifestyle.
Statistics show Americans spend an average of 11 hours a day sitting on their rumps. That’s an alarming amount of time considering sitting for as little as two continuous hours has been shown to increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, cancer, and numerous orthopedic problems. Physical therapists, trained to identify asymmetries, movement compensation, and risk for potential injury, are an often overlooked weapon in the battle to spend more time vertical.
A sedentary person’s capacity for exercise is an important consideration, one that can be addressed through endurance tests performed by your physical therapist during a comprehensive evaluation. With this knowledge in mind, your physical therapist can create a customized plan of care to reduce pain while providing education on healthy postures and movements to increase your activity level. Our physical therapists can help you break you sitting addiction and lead you to a healthier and happier lifestyle.
Many think of physical therapy services when an impairment or injury pops up, however, physical therapists can be a real asset to those trying to become more active. Despite attempts to educate people on proper movement and nutrition, our society is more overweight and obese than ever and a staggering number of people are suffering from pain and injury. Let’s not settle for that! Break your sitting addiction and make this your month to get moving. If you need help, call Western Berks Physical Therapy today at 610-589-2263!