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Doylestown Chiropractor Celebrates National Get Fit, Don’t Sit Day

Doylestown Chiropractor Dont Sit, Get Fit

It’s something we do every day, but the American Diabetes Association says sitting can lead to chronic illness — that’s why they are starting National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

The ADA calls it the new smoking: sitting in the office chair for more than 90 minutes at a time could slowly start to chip away at your health.

A recent analysis published January 2015 in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that a sedentary lifestyle is linked to a 91 percent increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The culprit is the eight to 13 hours a day we work uninterrupted at our desks, socialize on our computers, watch television and drive our vehicles. Those who exercise see slightly less risk, but exercise does not eliminate the impacts of prolonged sitting. Bottom line: sitting for hours every day creates serious health risks.

“Our bodies are not really prepared and not built to sit. We are not built to be bent all day,” says Dr. Jeff McQuaite.  “If you must sit”, Dr. Jeff said “a balancing ball is a good idea to help use those core muscles. It can even help increase your lung and heart capacity.”

Doylestown Exercise Ball Chair

According to the Association’s Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes 2015: “Evidence supports that all individuals … should break up extended sedentary time at least every 90 minutes.”

The solution: get out of your chair, stand and reach, stretch at the printer, refill your water bottle at the cooler down the hall, walk at lunch — every 90 minutes get your body moving.

“Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes®,” said Janel Wright, JD, Board Chair for the Association. “If we prevent these cases from ever developing by implementing simple changes in our work and lifestyle that will benefit millions and save billions in healthcare costs.”

“Research continues to show that maintaining a more active lifestyle helps combat serious health issues such as diabetes, heart disease and poor circulation, yet many work settings offer few alternatives to a sedentary existence,” says Dr. McQuaite, a Doylestown chiropractor.  “By introducing simple modifications to the workplace organizations can create more active environments that are more productive and healthier for their employees.”

Here are just a few ways you can do it:

At Work:

Take the stairs instead of the elevator at the office and in the parking garage

Get up once an hour while you are at work and take a quick walk around your office

Stand up and stretch at your desk

Doylestown desk-stretches

If you go out for lunch, walk to the restaurant

If you take public transportation to work, get off a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way to your office

Use a speaker or mobile phone so you can pace around your office during conference calls

Try some chair exercises during the day while at your desk

Fidget (when appropriate) – tap or wiggle your foot while working at your desk

At Home:

Take the dog for a walk around the block

Do your own yard work such as mowing the lawn or raking leaves

Do your own housework such as vacuuming, dusting, or washing dishes

Play with the kids – play catch or throw the Frisbee around

Walk in place during the commercials of your favorite television show

Carry things upstairs or from the car in two trips instead of one

Walk around the house or up and down stairs while you talk on the phone

While You’re Out and About:

Park at the far end of the shopping center lot and walk to the store

Walk down every aisle of the grocery store

If you are at the airport and waiting for a flight, walk up and down through the terminal

When on a road trip, stop every few hours to stretch and walk around.

For more information, please contact the office:

McQuaite Chiropractic

295 Logan Street

Doylestown, PA 18901

267-247-7000