Summer’s doing all she can to stick around (and believe me I appreciate every one of her efforts), but as the days shorten and the sweaters come out there’s a different feeling in the air. An acknowledgement that the carefree, pack-in-the-fun season is winding down and ‘school’s back in session’ – literally for the kids and figuratively for us adults too. As that mantle of responsibility settles back on our collective shoulders, I for one am excited. Excited about new opportunities to be created, new projects to sink my teeth into (***shameless plug – check out what’s going on over at my new website busyatwork.ca***), collaborations to re-explore and projects to move from the back-burner to front-and-centre where they belong.

But as we settle in, you, like me, might be feeling the changes physically. How do we make time, as workloads ramp back up, to do the things that will keep us feeling and healing at our highest capacity?  As daylight hours dwindle, it becomes imperative to find free time during a workday to recharge in the sunshine. As it gets colder, we need to withstand the urge to hole-up inside – we need to find ways to maintain the physical and social levels that summer warmth inspired in many of us. And as we return to the ‘seriousness’ of our ‘regular’ work/school routines, we need to be aware of an epidemic most of us have fallen prey to…

We all need to be paying attention to the dangerous phenomenon called SITTING DISEASE.

Have you heard

THAT SITTING DISEASE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED BY HEALTH RESEARCHERS AS A MODERN-DAY EPIDEMIC ASSOCIATED WITH PROLONGED SITTING IN POOR POSTURE?

Did you know

THAT PROLONGED SITTING IN POOR POSTURE PREDISPOSES YOU TO DEPRESSION, NECK AND BACK PAIN, OBESITY, CHRONIC DISEASE, AND EVEN EARLY MORTALITY?

Did you realize

THAT THE AVERAGE CANADIAN WORKER ENDURES 16-20 DAILY HOURS OF INACTIVITY? They sit all day at work, sit as they commute home, sit as they unwind after work (checking social media and watching TV), then go to bed and repeat the same sedentary behavior the next day.

I’ve had to admit that the above ‘symptoms’ fit me pretty well. If they sound like you too, you could be among the millions of victims of the epidemic of Sitting Disease. Before you know it, you’ve gained weight, you feel exhausted after a day at work, your back hurts, and you can see your health diminishing right before your eyes. You want to make changes, you wish you could be more active, but your job requires you to work at a desk. So, you keep sitting yourself sick.

The good news is that there are solutions. Postural Ergonomic solutions. I’ve studied them, began implementing them for myself, and created www.busyatwork.ca as the first step to sharing them with my community. The solution to sitting too much isn’t just switching to standing. It’s a multi-faceted approach that looks at function, posture, and cognition within your workplace so you can be more active and productive while taking care of your body. It’s working for me, I invite you to see how it can work for you too. This is your invitation – join me in taking a Stand against Sitting Disease. We all deserve it!

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