Evolutionarily speaking, we are not designed to sit all day. Sitting in a chair can be one of the most stressful positions we put our bodies into. Static sitting – which you most likely are in as you read this – has a crap ton of negative side effects including reduced joint lubrication and increased stiffness, which can be detrimental to back health, reduced circulation, particularly in your legs, and a greater risk for high blood pressure and cholesterol.
This is why for years, we’ve been told ‘sitting is the new smoking.’ The scary realization is a study published in the The American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests a “single vigorous workout may do little to counter the effects of prolonged sitting while strolling around frequently in addition to exercising does seem to keep the harm at bay.” The most recommended solution: active sitting. Active sitting has numerous health benefits including better circulation, core engagement, higher energy and productivity levels and improved posture.