• Faith Clements

Only a minority of adults get enough physical activity to offset the risks of sitting.

So all things considered why not think about how you can up your game to look after your physical condition today.



One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.

Back pain accounts for more than 264 million lost work days In one year—that's two work days for every full-time worker in the country. Experts estimate that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives.”

Why it’s important to look after your movement health


Source: https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/What-is-Chiropractic/Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics


Our body is designed to move freely, and to move a lot. What does this mean ?


The locomotive system permits locomotion and consists of bones that are the framework of the skeleton, joints that hold the bones together and make movement possible, and muscles that contract and relax and make for movement.


Source: https://www.medicinenet.com/locomotion/definition.htm


People who do no physical activity and sit for more than eight hours a day had more than twice (107%) the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared to people who did at least one hour of physical activity and sat less than four hours a day (the “optimal group”).


But it wasn’t enough just to sit less. People who do less than 150 minutes of physical activity a week and sat less than four hours a day still had a 44-60% higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease than the optimal group.


We also calculated the effect of replacing one hour of sitting with standing, walking, and moderate and vigorous physical activity.


Among people who sit a lot (more than six hours a day) replacing one hour of sitting with equal amounts of moderate physical activity like strenuous gardening and housework, but not standing, was associated with a 20% reduction in dying from cardiovascular disease.


Replacing one hour of sitting with one hour of vigorous activity such as swimming, aerobics and tennis, the benefits were much greater, with a 64% reduction in the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.


What’s the take-home message?

Our study supports the idea that sitting and exercise are two sides of the same health “coin”. In other words, enough physical activity can offset the health risks of sitting.


Should we worry about sitting too much? Yes, because sitting takes up valuable time we could spend moving. So too much sitting is an important part of the physical inactivity problem.


We also know only a minority of adults get enough physical activity to offset the risks of sitting.


For those who sit a lot, finding ways to reduce sitting would be a good start but it is not enough. The most important lifestyle change would be to look for or create opportunities to include physical activity into our daily routine whenever possible.


Source: https://theconversation.com/how-much-do-sedentary-people-really-need-to-move-its-less-than-you-think-114824


I was one of these stastics in 2013. I suffered chronic double vision and debilitating back pain and movement dysfunction from over 20 years at an office desk Pilates training saved my life. Its why I educated myself about how to bring back safe physical functional movement to my body, it also equipped me with the skills to help others and fill a gap that I had personally felt existed within the health system. Pitates training supports all my other activities and helps balance any negative effects my body can manifest.


Pilates works your entire body from the inside out and it can make you sweat and burn calories, taking into consideration your personal restrictions (not exhausting them). For me it saved my life. I train daily according to my needd. Pilates can help you keep stronger and more resilient in mind and body for your other activities.


So all things considered why not think about how you can up your game to look after your physical condition today.


At Limhamn Pilates we offer a beginners programme of unlimited group training classes in our monthly matwork membership. The clients that committ to this feel and see a change. They instill a routine that becomes their new normal - thats a better normal for future physicsl function.


Members with special needs also top up with personal training sessions where we really get to help the individual whole person progress in movement and own understanding.


Its a priviledge to help others on a voluntary basis as part of LPF

Especially now when its ever so more vital with more people working at home and moving even less.


My advice ? Take responsibility - stay stronger


If you have any questions, please contact us for a confidential conversation at 0737 526000 or email info@limhamnpilates.se











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