Sitting kills, movement heals.

Dr Joan Vernikos, author of 'Sitting kills, Movement Heals', speaks briefly and concisely in the video below about research she conducted whilst working as a scientist at NASA on sitting and movement.

Take the stairs! Credits: Yoosun Won.
Take the stairs!
Photo credits: Yoosun Won.

Fascinating stuff that provides amazing insight into how the body responds to the act of standing up from the sitting position as opposed to simply standing or walking. It turns out that the act of moving into a standing position from a sitting position is what has the greatest benefit for us.

Because it is exercise. It works your heart, gets you breathing and utilises some of the biggest muscles in your body. Take it a step further by doing it ‘with awareness’.

In other words, focus on tightening your bum cheeks when you go to stand and then ‘pulling’ your belly button in to your spine when you move to sit. These actions will help place your body in a more anatomically correct position AND will help strengthen your abs and glutes!

This is a scientific viewpoint that doesn’t necessarily take into account the social aspects of taking a walk and the pleasure that can be derived from that and in turn how we then feel.

Our body responds to these sensations most often with a relaxed and upright posture. We see beauty and breathe out with a drop of the shoulders. We’ll stand straight and tall if only momentarily revelling in what we have just experienced.

And these experiences, whatever they may be are what we could be seeking out more often. Let’s look for beauty.

We can also literally ‘stand taller or straighter’ as a result of a confidence boost such as when someone says something positive about us.

We also believe standing for short periods of time throughout the day can help (re)train, and strengthen long dormant soft tissue in your body not utilised whilst sitting.