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  • Genre:HEALTH & FITNESS
  • SubGenre:Healthy Living
  • Language:English
  • Pages:44
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781098392550
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098392543

Sit Better

A Doctor Explains How “Ergonomic” Chairs Undermine Posture and Health, Causing Back Pain and Shortened Lives

by Turner Osler

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Overview
"Sit Better" is a groundbreaking guide to the complicated, counterintuitive world of sitting. Author Dr. Turner Osler is a retired surgeon and a lifelong academic researcher with interests in public health and epidemiology. Throughout this book, he carefully shows that our switch to a chair-centered life has been a catastrophe for our posture, our core strength, our back health, and especially to our overall wellbeing. Sitting shortens our lives by two years on average. Although the book intends to show the inherent dangers of sitting, it also offers hopeful guidance so readers can avoid the harms of sitting and optimize their health and longevity.
Description
"Sit Better" is a groundbreaking guide to the complicated, counterintuitive world of sitting. Author Dr. Turner Osler is a retired surgeon and a lifelong academic researcher with interests in public health and epidemiology. Throughout this book, he carefully shows that our switch to a chair-centered life has been a catastrophe for our posture, our core strength, our back health, and especially to our overall wellbeing. Sitting shortens our lives by two years on average. Although the book intends to show the inherent dangers of sitting, it also offers hopeful guidance so readers can avoid the harms of sitting and optimize their health and longevity. For the first three million years of human history our hunter/gatherer forebears lead lives filled with physical activity. Chairs were unimagined and squatting was the typical "resting" posture – a posture that required considerable muscular engagement. Over this long history, humans came to require daily activity to remain vital and healthy. So, it was unfortunate when chairs and sitting burst onto this scene just 100 years ago. We instantly fell in love with chair sitting, and most of us now sit for over 8 hours a day. It's estimated that there are over 70 chairs for every person in America. Unfortunately, humans are not adapted for the long periods of muscular inactivity encouraged by "ergonomic" chairs, and the health consequences have been catastrophic. Despite this grim news, Dr. Osler is optimistic. He believes that if we can change how much we sit, how long we sit for, and especially how we sit, the harms of sitting can be avoided. Indeed, he holds out the hope that sitting can be made healthful by switching to chairs that make sitting active, rather than passive. So, could sitting be harnessed to add more movement to our days? Dr. Osler shows how it's possible.
About the author
Dr. Turner Osler is the CEO and Founder of QOR360. Dr. Osler spent twenty-five years as an academic trauma surgeon and researcher and has over 300 peer reviewed papers on his CV. After receiving a master's degree in biostatistics and a grant from the National Institute of Health in 2005, he traded the OR for full time outcomes research. He became interested in the health problems created by our passive, chair centric lifestyle, and has spent the last few years studying "sitting disease" and ways to combat it. You can reach Dr. Osler at [email protected]
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