The Most Dangerous Thing You Do Every Single Day – Nanaimo Chiropractor

I’m writing this post to warn you about the single most dangerous thing you do each and every single day of your life. In fact, I bet you’re doing it right now. Can you guess what it is? I think the answer will surprise you:


Research recently published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise revealed a startling discovery. The researchers looked at 17,000 people over a period of 13 years and found that those people that sit for most of the day are 54% more likely to die of a heart attack.

Now here’s the really kicker, if you sit for most of the day you will be at higher risk of heart attack, even if you eat well and exercise! Yes, even your health nut gym freak co-worker is more likely to fall victim to a heart attack if he or she doesn’t get their butt out of that chair.

Why does this happen? Nobody knows for sure, but there are some theories:

  1. Sitting for too long leads to poor posture. Poor posture can lead to spinal misalignments. Aside from pain, these misalignments can put pressure on the nervous system, the vital communication system between the brain and the body. If this communication system isn’t working at 100%, then you can’t be 100% healthy.
  2. Sitting too much leads to an accumulation of fat within your blood stream. A sedentary lifestyle has been shown to lower the levels of the enzyme which breaks down fat withing your bloodstream.
  3. Sitting makes you fat. You burn 60 calories an hour more with standing, as compared to sitting. Overweight people tend to have more cardiovascular disease.

Does this mean that there’s no point to eating well and exercise? Of course not. The benefits of living well are firmly established. What is does mean is that you need to move.

Step 1: Get up often. Ideally, you need to get up every 20 minutes and move around. I realise this may not be practical for everybody, but do your best. Once an hour should be considered a minimum. It doesn’t have to be a long break, just walk to the water cooler and back.

Step 2: Spread the tasks that take you away from your desk throughout the day, rather than doing them all at once. Does this make you less efficient? Possibly. But how efficient are you if you have spinal issues or cardiovascular disease?

Step 3: Stand up when you’re on the phone. I often hear people say they are too busy to leave their desk. Why not stand when you answer the phone? You’ll get yourself up regularly and look like a real go-getter!

There you have it. 3 simple steps that lessen your risk of a heart attack. Now, get up out of the chair and MOVE!

One Response to “The Most Dangerous Thing You Do Every Single Day – Nanaimo Chiropractor”

  1. A large number of different chiropractic treatments are available, making chiropractic a suitable treatment modality for many specific medical conditions or ailments as well as an effective approach for improving overall general health. Just like any other healthcare profession, chiropractic has its share of specialized branches. When a misalignment (referred to as a subluxation within the chiropractic profession) is identified, the chiropractor will perform a mild adjustment to provide patient relief in the area where the misalignment is located. Santa Barbara Chiropractic practitioners typically focus on three main approaches to chiropractic treatment.

    Maintenance chiropractic care is intended to maintain and sustain any type of chiropractic treatment previously administered to a patient who has spinal issues. Some patients are benefited by ongoing chiropractic treatments even though the initial treatments have proven to be successful. The main idea of maintenance chiropractic care is to prevent recurrence of the condition, particularly when problems with the spine are involved.