We received a great article from the New York Times Opinion section about the negative impact extended periods of sitting can have on the human body. The first paragraph of the piece spells it out pretty clearly.
Your chair is your enemy.
It doesn’t matter if you go running every morning, or you’re a regular at the gym. If you spend most of the rest of the day sitting — in your car, your office chair, on your sofa at home — you are putting yourself at increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, a variety of cancers and an early death. In other words, irrespective of whether you exercise vigorously, sitting for long periods is bad for you.
If you’re reading this there’s a pretty good chance you’re a CrossFitter. Although you may be sitting down, it’s also likely you’re generally pretty active, both in the gym and out. The above quote includes those who “exercise vigorously”, so what can you do?
- Drink plenty of water (half your body weight in ounces, plus an extra 16 – 20 ounces for every hour of physical activity). This will force you to get up and refill your water bottle, or at the very least make frequent bathroom trips.
- Eat right (meat, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds).
- Stretch at or around your desk, and move around. You’ve probably worked out in the last couple of days, so a light stretch would do you some good, and we’re always telling you to be sure and move around following a workout.
You put in the time at the gym, so make the effort to take care of yourself. Don’t just sit there, make a stand for your health.
February 25th, 2010
Strength: 5 rounds max dead hang pull-ups
Deadlift 70 kg/50 kg
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