TMHS 040: How Sitting Can Destroy Your Health (Even If You Exercise)

In this episode of The Model Health Show we’re breaking down the new research showing that sitting too much is as bad for you as smoking cigarettes. Hearing something like this may be hard to believe, but the data is in, and the numbers don’t lie.

We are a culture that loves our comfy chairs and couches. There’s more on t.v., infinite things to do on the internet, and just sitting around talking is a favorite pastime as well. There is nothing inherently wrong with any of that, but the uninterrupted hours we spend doing it all is destroying our health. The impact on our waistline, the impact on our health biomarkers, the impact it has on nearly aspect of our lives is going to shock you. And what do we do about it anyway once we know the truth? You’re about to learn about that as well and I promise it’s going to be a life-saver.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What new religion has been created by chronic sitting.
  • The #1 reason that sitting too much is as bad for you as smoking.
  • The shocking number of hours that people are sitting each day.
  • Why even if you exercise, sitting too much will destroy your health.
  • How sitting can have the same negative health consequences as being weightless in space (according to NASA).
  • What happens to your blood when you sit too long.
  • How we’re being trained to sit longer from a very early age.
  • Why taking breaks is critical to preventing diabetes.
  • The impact that sitting has on your waist size.
  • How sitting causes back pain (it’s not what you may think).
  • The 5 tips to stay mobile throughout the day.
  • What free app you can get to help you stay hydrated and active.
  • Why you must do this specific stress to counteract the effects of sitting.
  • How to make your business meetings 100 times healthier.
  • How to upgrade your desk to make your workspace better for you.
  • The simple device that can help you stand and talk instead of sit and write.
  • How to gamify your t.v. time to keep your family healthier.
  • How to sit better to protect your spine and internal organs.
  • Why you MUST be able to squat (or your health will suffer greatly).
  • How your clothes can determine whether you’re active or not.

Items mentioned in this episode include:

Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Hip flexor stretch video

The Resting Squat – How Squatting Makes You More Human

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  • Rebecca
    3 Mar 2014, 5:34 am

    Listening to you two dudes while studying Nutritional Medicine at the library….. AWESOME!

    • Shawn
      5 Mar 2014, 7:09 pm

      THAT is awesome. 🙂

  • Kerrie
    13 Mar 2014, 11:47 pm

    Always listen to you while cleaning the house or doing the gardening…always feel bad when I need to do the office work for our business and sit down most of the day, legs, hips and back get sore from lack of movement!
    Most of my time is up moving about, love it 🙂

    • Shawn
      15 Mar 2014, 7:51 pm

      I’m right there with you Kerrie! I’m doing more to stay active and mobile now too. My issue is that I do love to sit and write… I mean REALLY love it. It just takes creating the habit of taking more mini-breaks to break up the stagnation. Thanks for sharing that Kerrie! You’re already doing better at this than 95% of us 😉

  • Hannah R.
    31 Oct 2014, 2:21 pm

    I listen to you while I’m lifting weights, doing dishes, or working (where I’m lucky enough to be standing and moving most of the day).

    • Shawn
      31 Oct 2014, 4:11 pm

      You rock, Hannah! That’s awesome. Learn while you burn 😉

  • bayo aka Dvnity
    18 Dec 2014, 8:20 am

    Hey man im listening on my computer in london, while squatting. i try not to ever sit nowadays except in seiza position

    • Shawn
      18 Dec 2014, 11:03 am

      Like a BO$$

  • Wren
    15 Feb 2015, 10:43 am

    I am listening to these podcasts in my car, on my iPhone, ever day! They are all so interesting and informative that I don’t even listen to the radio or music anymore. I only recently learned about Shawn Stevenson from Jonathan Baylor, “The Calorie Myth” author. I was so impressed that I had to find out more about him. I found Shawn’s podcasts and have been listening ever since, Starting with podcast number one and I am working my way up. I have a lot of catching up to do. I am learning so much! What a gem. So much life-changing information.

  • Erica
    11 Aug 2017, 7:35 am

    I’m in Health Love, my Name is Erica, I’m a mom of 6 adult children 12 grandchildren and I am probably in the best physical health of my life. I do suffer from hip and lower back pain but I knew it was because of my hip flexors. I have joined yoga and today is my 2nd week. I went vegan 36 days ago and have notice less pain in those joint areas. I am starting to record my writings instead of sitting down and I bounce or sit on my stability ball. Shawn, I am looking forward to more from your awesome and phenomenal mind. I Absolutely Love to RESEARCH. Thank you 😊

  • Lyndsey
    17 Aug 2017, 12:07 pm

    For my job I take care of animals so all day long I binge listen to your show! My job is quite active and I am up on my feet all day long. Though it’s tiring and sometimes I envy jobs where people get to sit, now I know that it’s for the best! 🙂