The Cost Of Sitting

Last year, the NY Times published an article about the health detriments of sitting, citing research that found an association of prolonged sitting (greater than 3 hours per day) and early death. An earlier NY Times article from 2011 discusses the specific effects of sitting - absent muscle activity, a decrease in metabolism, decrease in insulin effectiveness, increase in obesity likelihood, and a decrease in HDL (the “good” triglycerides). The physiological observations in this study all lead to this realization: More sitting = Shorter lifespan. So - what is it about sitting that is so detrimental to the spine? As a point of reference, let's discuss the design of the spine. The entire sp

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