Your furniture is slowly killing you. That’s right. You heard me. In between your sofa, coffee table, end tables, your bed and the many wondrous furniture designed to carry “stuff” like the dresser, china cabinet and armoire you are left with very little room. How much square feet of wide open space do you have in your home? Do you have room to dance, to do a cartwheel, to do yoga?
Dr. Gregory Wells among several others referred to sitting as the new smoking. “A recent review of 43 studies analyzing daily activity and cancer rates found that people who reported sitting for more hours of the day had a 24% greater risk of developing colon cancer, a 32% higher risk of endometrial cancer and a 21% higher risk of lung cancer—regardless of how much they exercised.” – Time Magazine
I will take this idea a step further. It is not just our chairs that are slowly increasing our risk of heart disease, chronic fatigue, back pain, foggy brain, over productive pancreas, soft abs and and poor circulation(to name a few).
Our modern conveniences have allowed us the luxury to have so many short cuts that we can go through life with very little movement. Our bodies are designed to engage in a vast range of movement. When we were hunter gatherers we would naturally engage in these movements out of necessity.
Our houses are so filled with the many pieces of furniture and things that we have very little room to prance around. Our furniture beckons us because we have no other choice. We move from our bed that is so hard to pluck ourselves out of to our comfortable cars, to our chairs at work. And the cycle continues.
What I suggest is going beyond supplementing your sitting at work with a standing desk. Look at your house. What pieces of furniture are stifling your movement the most? Get rid of them! Just getting rid of your coffee table would free up some room in your home. Look around you, how can you create more space in your home so that you can MOVE MORE.