Deskbound - Standing Up to a Sitting World


How much do I want to read more? 7/10

This is actually very interesting and resonate with me. Just that there are lots of repetitions, and it could be much more concise.
It will invariably make you think about you seating all day (as I do while reading this book). and hopefully will make me change my behavior for the best.


Introduction

Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic: “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”

if you eat well and work out religiously for an hour a day, but then sit for all or most of your other waking hours, the sitting behavior will chip away or even cancel out the benefits of all your exercise at the gym.

The typical seated office worker has more musculoskeletal injuries than any other industry sector worker, including construction, metal industry, and transportation workers

Unless we are asleep, we human beings are designed to move.
Our bodies are built for movement, and in turn movement keeps our bodies healthy.
Today, Americans spend an average of 13 hours a day sitting.
We had become deskbound.

The problem with sitting is that it seems so innocent and natural. Our bodies easily bend into that shape, so how could it be bad for us?

Where Did We Go Wrong?

What most people fail to realize is that the positions we assume for most of the day also impact the ways we move the rest of the day. And the quality of our movement (or lack thereof) can affect the quality of our lives.

About halfway through the first grade, however, Kelly noticed that half of the kids had started to heel-strike—landing on their heels.
watch how many runners in the next Olympics slam their heels into the ground like brakes as they run. None.
The children instinctively knew how to run. But sometime during first grade, they began running in a way that we unequivocally know leads to problems down the road.
Because kindergarten is generally more active than other grades, kids don’t really begin their sitting career until first grade.
The effects are almost immediate, in the form of primary movement mechanics changing to dysfunctional heel-striking running mechanics.

Heel-striking is a problem, and it shouldn’t exist in the running human.

Children and Sitting

Guidelines for Americans recommend that children get at least 60 minutes of daily moderate to vigorous physical activity.
children between ages 8 and 18 spend an average of 7.5 hours a day sitting in front of a screen.

New research shows that continued utilization of standing desks was associated with significant improvements in executive function and working memory capabilities in schoolchildren.

The solution that we devised encompasses strategies for increasing movement (activity) and prioritizing mechanics (how to position and move your body correctly). This isn’t an easy shift, however. Most of the people we work with already consider themselves active. What they fail to realize is that exercise, even intense exercise, and activity are two different things.

Why Exercise Isn’t Enough

a standing body uses energy quite differently than a sitting body.
According to Dr. Levine, someone who is deskbound for eight hours a day burns approximately 300 NEAT calories during that period. (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis)
In comparison, someone who is not deskbound, such as a waiter, burns around 1,300 NEAT calories.

A Blueprint for Human Movement