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Get Up. Stand Up. Don't Give Up the Fight: How Your Chair is Killing You

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Feb 27, 2015

Get Up. Stand Up. Don't Give Up the Fight: How Your Chair is Killing You 

When I first sent you a voice recording instead of my usual written letter I received over 50 messages with constructive feedback and encouragement.

Reader Bill A said: "I somehow felt as if this message was 'exclusively' addressed to me and somehow affected me much more than an ordinary mailed essay. Looking forward to receiving many more of these audios."

Ravi G said: "In fact this form of communication is more powerful than the 'ONLY written' one."

It's been a while since I did a video, so today since I'm writing about a very important topic I've decided to do another one.

Please click below to watch the video

Do you care enough about your mind to stand up? If so, I hope you stood up while you were watching this.

Note: In this video, I mentioned research that indicates that 'sitting for 6 hours or more a day is equivalent to smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.' This idea seems to have originated in an Australian study published in October 2012 in the British Journal of Sports and Medicine, which compared the negative impact of prolonged sitting with that of smoking.

Doctors, and other purveyors of health ideas everywhere, jumped on the comparison in this study to sensationalise the harms of sitting leading to headlines such as Anup Kanodia, a physician and researcher at the Center for Personalized Health Care at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center saying that "Sitting is the new smoking,"; Nilofer Merchant (referenced in the video) calling sitting the smoking of our generation and David Agus, MD, leading cancer doctor who treated Steve Jobs, saying that sitting for five or six hours a day, even if you spend an hour a day at the gym, is the equivalent of smoking an entire pack of cigarettes.

The idea is not to tamp down on the harms of smoking (which have been established beyond a doubt) but to bring awareness to the harms of prolonged sitting. As I note in the video, just the fact that we have to scrutinize the simple, ubiquitous activity of sitting - compare it with smoking, and measuring its risk of death is scary enough. If smoking is your vice, yes do definitely quit. But if sitting is your vice, this article hopes to get you off your behind as well.

 
 

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20 Responses to "Get Up. Stand Up. Don't Give Up the Fight: How Your Chair is Killing You"

Manoranjan

15 Mar, 2015

For me ignorance is NOT a bliss and such articles help me to ensure I am aware of the facts and get ready to act on these. Thanks a lot and as a matter of fact, I am writing this standing keeping my laptop in the kitchen top ..

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Vipin

05 Mar, 2015

Its so very Relevant Nowaday's. We all know our bodies are made to work but modern day profiles are leading us all to this situation (un) knowingly. With deadlines, multitasking and pressures galore we do not come to know when we start to loose focus of our well being & get into this trap ! Thanks for cautioning. The Audio Video made me feel better connected . Thanks for Reminding Ms. Anisa ! Carry on the Good Work :)

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Sita

04 Mar, 2015

A very big thank to you Anisa. It is a very good video which awares so many people. One should know these things because most of the todays generation jobs are long time sitting related. The first thing I have done after reading this article is forwarding this video to my children.Thank you once again. Expecting a lot from you like these.

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Anisa

03 Mar, 2015

Yes Shashidhar that is so true... also people in India, China, Indonesia, etc. often sit in a squat position on the ground - also in yoga we sit in vajrasana, and padmasana... I believe the research refers to sitting unmoving in a chair for prolonged periods that is said to cause changes within the body that cause long-term harm - sometimes to break from my chair-sitting position I actually just do vajrasana on my chair for a few minutes... I can't tell you if this works but it stops me from being a statue...

Shashidhar

02 Mar, 2015

Our Rishi's & Yogi's &Sadhu's. Spent most of their day time sometimes even during night doing penance while being seated with folded legs on ground. Yet most of them lived a long life.

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Anisa

02 Mar, 2015

DJ - I totally get what you mean. I used to be a Computer Science major and after the first twenty-hour stint I pulled unmoving at my consol trying to fix a bug in my code I realised how easy it is to get caught up in your mind and forget your body entirely - I hope you are going to try some of these ideas :)

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Anisa

02 Mar, 2015

Dr. Balabhadra - Thanks so much. There are several credible sources quoting the above ideas and statistics - the comparison between smoking and sitting appears to have originated in two separate Australian lifestyle studies, which were later published by a British Journal of Medicine, and referred to by various doctors and sources. Of the various sources quoting the 6 hours/day = 1 pack of cigarettes (and other similar comparisons), my direct reference was Dr. David Agus, a leading oncologist and biomedical researcher. I added a Note below the video linking to various sources which I hope will help!

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SHAJI ABRAHAM

02 Mar, 2015

Very Good

Dr.Balabhadra Ram

01 Mar, 2015

Nice voice,presentation,thought provoking but as a doctor may I have the privilege to ask you,please authenticate by citing some evidenced based references for your presentation.Excellent ,keep it up.

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Harshad Amichand Vegda

01 Mar, 2015

First time I have listen such Videos. Very casually, I could imbibe in my mind a very important message ! Frankly writing, I had to listen it twice, because your crystal clear sweet voice was diverting my mind... Thanks a lot for the message. God bless you !

dj

01 Mar, 2015

you have a sexy voice make sure all future posts are aud-vid blogs - just going to take up the advice and try stuff out for the same reason... lol :) seriously speaking - its a fact and all know it - but imagine a programmer moving in and out of his cubicle every not n then - would label him as idling - or to breaky - the fact if coded lines / project turnaround time etc is considered would show thats the one most productive / bugfree and still smiling at the end of the workday...

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aman

01 Mar, 2015

Good observation

Vikas Upadhyay

01 Mar, 2015

Beautiful ! Thank you very much Anisa. As I knew this is your second audio message, I started judging and I don't know when I forgot I was judging you. I just got engaged. The message is so relevant to me. I spent whole day sitting and I know where (all) it hurts :( I recently was suggested an app called "SWORKIT" for android (and probably for iPhone too), available in both lite & paid versions. It suggests exercise/stretches. One can schedule reminders. It suggests the relevant exercises. The day I used it, evening I got up from my seat without much usual physical discomfort (pain) in my body. Sometime back, I tried something like you to convert my desk to a standing desk but I realized unless keyboard and monitors are adjusted, the problem will just shift from one part of body to another. Laptops are bad, really bad. You can either adjust keyboard or the monitor, but not both. So, first thing, just get a keyboard and/or a monitor and this will help you adjust both. Thanks again. I just gotta get up from my seat :)

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Kamal

28 Feb, 2015

Hi let me first tell you that I go through almost all your posts to the extent possible but this track of uploading the video is better than texts which you have written in the past, as this helps to go through the whole thing faster instead of a lot more concentration which is required while reading. Keep it up and will appreciate even if the marketing emails which equity master team sends can also be a bit short and too the point as for people lile me who are always traveling and living out of bags becomes extremely difficult to go through such long mails and digest so what we start doing is look at the heading and if it does not make a lot of sense in two to three minutes just delete. Short and too the mark.... Well done, keep it up.

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dylan dias

28 Feb, 2015

This audio just endorses what I harp on, every day. Listen to it -- it so sensible and so relevant. Listen to it and comment I would enjoy your views

Praveen

28 Feb, 2015

Wow, this is good stuff & I am sure these little things make a lot of difference to your wellbeing, which is emphasized in this quote: "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." -- Mother Teresa I like the change in mode of communication. The message is more clear & would stay longer with us. BTW I did not find an option to maximize the video, some text in the graphics weren’t legible - not a big deal though. And there is one more.. but sorry I need to go, need to find a carton box!!, thanks for the cost effective & innovative tips. -Praveen

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Rahul Upase

27 Feb, 2015

It is a nice video. Got much information about how sitting continiously is the major killer!!!....Thanks a lot.

Kaladhar Babu

27 Feb, 2015

I am impressed. Shall try the walk the talk - Team Discussions while walking. Thanks a lot for the ideas.

DEVARAJ K

27 Feb, 2015

just great ..... a healthy idea I never know..Any way I stood up and saw the video,an inner voice urges me to do that...It was that worth of a healthy tip...Thanks a million posting this,mam...

Col Bhushan (retd)

27 Feb, 2015

A hundred times better advice than all the earlier ones! You are lucky you have a powerful media at your command to do this noble service. Those who practice it ,will become luckier.

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