Sitting Is The New Smoking
Research has validated that sitting is now the new smoking. From our hour-long commute to hours sitting with our laptops, to the couch at home, Americans are spending more time sitting than ever before. The science reveals it’s wreaking havoc on our bodies.
Dr. James Levine is the director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and inventor of the treadmill desk. He has been studying the adverse effects of our increasingly sedentary lifestyles for years and sums up his findings in two sentences.
“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV, and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.
Levine is credited with coining that mantra, “sitting is the new smoking”, but he’s not the only one who believes it. Researchers have found and continue to find evidence that prolonged sitting increases the risk of developing several serious illnesses like various types of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
At Whole Families Intervention & Holistic Recovery Services, we know from our own experience that healing the whole body is essential for long-term recovery and wellness. In fact, the whole company is founded on the vision of holistic healing and recovery for the body, mind, and spirit. Both for those suffering from addiction and their families.
In addition to whole foods nutrition, we begin working with clients on mindful movement and exercise.