I'm a writer — have been for a bit now — and that means that I've spent a lot of time sitting in a chair. Over the years, I started to notice problems with my back and additional weight gains, and so I did what normal people do: nothing. OK sure, I complained about it a lot, but otherwise, I did nothing. Well, except buy a bunch of new chairs.
Come to find out that part of the problem was that I was spending so much time sitting that it was killing my back. I purchased a Geek Desk for myself, started standing on a regular basis, acquired a fantastic chair for the times when I do sit, and now things are much better. My back doesn't hurt near as much, and I've even dropped the weight. So what's the issue?
Our body isn't designed to be sedentary. Our ancestors hunted, gathered, and did all of those things, while some of us spend our days planted firmly on our bottoms, hammering away at tiny keys. What sitting does to our bodies is pretty bad, and it's why companies like Apple and FitBit are making so much money trying to get us to be more active.
Don't believe me? Just check out this video on the hidden risks of sitting. And maybe you should stand up while watching. You know, just in case.
Kevin Whipps is a writer and editor based in Phoenix, Arizona. When he's not working on one of the many projects in his queue, he's looking for fun and irreverent things online to share with his friends.