How to Combat the Negative Effects of Sitting

"Sitting is the new smoking." 

Chances are you’ve seen the dramatic headlines about sitting in recent years. While that might be a bit intense, there is research supporting the fact that sitting is indeed very unhealthy and can lead to increased risk of heart disease and certain cancers.

The take-away is that we are too sedentary and sit too much. Our bodies are not designed to sit in a chair with poor posture for 8-plus hours a day. Most of the time though, you have no choice, and that can take an especially large toll on your shoulders and hips.

So what’s the solution? A complete approach that combines mobility and strength work for your joints. Once you’ve improved the mobility of a joint, add some stability to that improved range of motion. 

Here’s a quick 10-minute routine you can do in your office, cubicle, home or anywhere else you can find some room. 

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About the Author

Doug Balzarini, CSCS, MMA-CC

Doug Balzarini, CSCS, MMA-CC, is a fitness professional and the founder of DB Strength in San Diego. He is also the head strength and conditioning coach for Alliance Training Center where he works with many top professional MMA athletes. Visit for more information.

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