Light Up Another Cigarette

Man on the roof of the high buildingI’m not a smoker, but chances are that you are, and you might not even realize it. No, I’m not talking about some new smoking study claiming that smoking is on the rise (it is, just for the record). I’m also not suggesting that you’re unknowingly inhaling someone’s secondhand smoke (you’re not, just for the record).

No, actually, I’m talking about what you’re (most likely) doing right this second. Whether you realize it or not, you’re smoking. Right now. Yes, this very moment.

Okay…okay…maybe you aren’t literally smoking, but you are doing something that is just as detrimental to your health, and ultimately, just as deadly.

You’re sitting.

Did you know that sitting is now being considered the “new smoking?” Numerous studies are reporting that there are some very ill-effects associated with how much we sit. Health conditions that were once only contributed to smokers–heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and even a higher mortality rate–are now linked to sitting, and all regardless of whether you exercise.

Honestly, you might be better off with a cigarette in your mouth…

Let that sink in for a second.

Hear me out, these studies aren’t showing that you might be at risk for some “minor” condition–decreased energy, pain or discomfort, etc.–instead, these studies are claiming you are putting yourself at a significant risk to suffer from one of the conditions I mentioned before. Most Americans sit for 9-10 hours of each day. Some sit for even more than that! It’s commonly heard that our clients sit for up to 12 hours per day–that’s HALF of your day spent sitting! Check out what that sitting is doing to your body:

  • Over 50% increase in lung cancer (remember when I said sitting was the new smoking?)
  • 90% increase in Type-2 diabetes
  • 112% increased relative risk of diabetes (compared to those who don’t sit as much)
  • 147% increased relative risk of cardiovascular events (compared to those who don’t sit as much)
  • 50% increase in all-cause mortality (a similar mortality rate to smoking)

Are you convinced yet? Are you now standing up to finish reading this post?

We have to break the cycle. We have to change our pattern. We owe it to ourselves. We owe it to our health. So, get up and move!

If you’re ready to get moving, request our Four Free E-cises today!

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Or, if you’d like to know how, specifically, Egoscue can help you, request a consult!

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Get your body working, and working as it’s designed to do!

Quit smoking.

Start moving.


QUESTION: How many hours per day are you sitting?