Do you sit a lot for work? Do you have a long commute to work via train or car? Maybe you do a lot of flying? Odds are you, like most Americans, spend a good portion of your days sitting. How is it then that something so seemingly necessary to our lives could also be so harmful? In Kelly Starrett’s (of MobilityWOD fame) new book “Deskbound: Standing Up To A Sitting World” he talks about the dangers of sitting too much, even going so far as to likening it to the smoking epidemic of the last several decades of the 20th century. How does all of this directly effect you? Sitting is one of the easiest ways to reduce mobility. If you struggle with squatting properly because your hips are too tight, or you have issues with holding a barbell overhead because range of motion in your shoulders is limited, begin addressing these problems by first looking at your daily sitting habits.
A summary of “Deskbound: Standing Up To A Sitting World”
Recent studies show that too much sitting contributes to a host of diseases—from obesity and diabetes to cancer and depression—and literally shortens your life. The facts are in: your chair is your enemy, and it is murdering your body.
In Deskbound, Dr. Kelly Starrett—physical therapist and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book Becoming a Supple Leopard—unveils how your sedentary lifestyle is killing you and, more important, what you can do to change it.
Deskbound offers a detailed battle plan for surviving the chair and reclaiming your birthright of mobility and freedom from pain. It provides creative solutions to reduce the amount of time you spend perched on your backside, as well as strategies for the workplace and school that will improve your productivity and your overall health. You will learn how to identify and fix poor posture while sitting and standing; how to prevent, treat, and resolve low back, neck, shoulder, and wrist pain; and avoid and reverse repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel and tendonitis.
If you are one of the many Americans spending most of their day in a chair, this book may be the answer you’ve been looking for. Sometimes the best answer is usually the easiest answer!