“Sitting is the New Smoking”

Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative, has been quoted as saying “Sitting is the new smoking.” He believes that the number of hours people spend sitting every day is killing us.

The American Diabetes Association seems to agree. They’ve designated the first Wednesday in May as National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day. It’s a campaign that helps corporate America educate their employees about combating the effects of long hours spent just sitting.

Think of it: in the course of one day, anyone who works in an office setting sits either in their car or on the bus/train, then spends the workday sitting at their computer, in a meeting, at lunch. Evenings may be spent sitting at the computer again or watching TV.

Dangers of a sedentary life

National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day is an opportunity for all of us here at Montgomery Foot Care Specialists in Montgomery, AL to get the word out to our patients: spending so many hours sitting really does have a negative effect on your health. A sedentary lifestyle is directly related to

  • heart disease
  • weight gain
  • increase in blood pressure
  • depression and anxiety
  • Type 2 diabetes.

The bottom line: move more

Spending less time sitting, getting physically fit, and staying that way is an essential part of avoiding disease – which is something our experienced podiatrists, Dr. Heidi M. Christie and Dr. Chanda L. Day-Houts can stand behind. An unhealthy body often means unhealthy feet, in the form of circulation problems, nerve damage, and ulcers, especially in those diagnosed with diabetes.

So take our advice, and that of the American Diabetes Association: Get Fit Don’t Sit. Get up from your desk every 30 minutes and move around or stretch. Get together with your colleagues and form a walking club at lunchtime. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Move more. And if your feet ever develop a problem that prevents you from moving around, we can fix that. Give us a call at our downtown Montgomery office at (334) 396-3668 or make an appointment online.