Is Sitting the New Smoking?

From the office chair to the couch at home, Australian’s are spending more time seated than ever before. A Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) commissioned survey of 1000 Australian’s found that nine out of ten people think the most significant cause of obesity is too much time sitting down and not exercising.

Research suggests office workers in Australia are now sitting for up to 14 hours a day. Sitting down means electrical activity in the legs shut off, calorie burning drops to one per minute and enzymes that help break down fat drop 90%.

What sitting has in common with smoking is that they are both bad habits and they are both harmful to health. While the adverse effects of smoking have become commonly known, there is still a great need for education on the danger of our increasingly sedentary lifestyles.

63% per cent of Australian adults are overweight or obese, a figure still on the rise. The new wonders of technology have brought a sitting down habit that is hard to break and has alarming consequences.

The urban myth is that you can off-set a sedentary lifestyle by simply watching your diet and getting some exercise. But this ignores the modern reality that you might be sitting down for up to fourteen hours a day. It is like saying you can work around smoking a pack a day by going for a jog.

For the office worker, the CAA recommends getting off a stop earlier and walking if using public transport, parking further away if driving, going for a walk during lunch, standing while speaking on the phone and performing regular stretches throughout the day.

It is also recommended that workplaces consider introducing walking meetings and get a workplace presentation from a health practitioner such as a chiropractor on how to sit right and improve postural fitness.

The Straighten Up app is truly your pocket chiropractor. With posture reminders, exercise programs and other helpful features, it is a great tool to help improve spinal health. The Straighten Up (Australia) app is available on the App Store and Google Play.

Your local CAA chiropractor can assess your spinal health and provide the chiropractic care needed help you lead and maintain a healthier life. To find your closest CAA chiropractor visit