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Corps Strength – Sitting Is The New Cancer?


Recently while promoting his new watch, Apple CEO Tim Cool remarked that; “sitting was the new cancer.” Well not quite, as comparing cancer (a disease), with sitting (an activity) isn’t accurate. What he was really doing was trying to make a case for you to buy his new watch, as it can be set up to vibrate and remind people who have desk jobs, to get up and move around at least once an hour. Now I’m not going to buy an Apple watch in any case, but he makes a good point about the adverse effects of too much sitting on your health. In today’s world more and more jobs are becoming less physical, and many are just about sitting behind a computer. Even in my job as an instructor, while I’m on my feet a lot teaching class, or running PT with my students, I still spend way too much time shining a chair with my ass. Email, developing curriculum, doing research on the internet, etc. it’s the nature of the beast, but it adds up to hours every day and I know many people who sit almost their entire workday.

Many studies have been done linking an increase in cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity to an increase in the amount of time people spend sitting. Sitting too much has even been linked to increased depression in women? An article by Runner’s World magazine sited a study that showed even people who exercise regularly run the same health risks as those who don’t exercise at all, IF they sit as much during their non exercise time. The simple fact is that your body is not designed for sitting, it’s designed for movement. Ok, that’s sounds great and makes sense, but what if your job requires many hours of seated work at a computer, or doing other relatively sedentary tasks? Well, according to other studies, taking frequent breaks to get up and move around are very beneficial, even if it’s just for a few minutes. The bottom line is get your butt up and take a walk, at least once an hour, even if you’ve got your PT in the day. If I have to put in a long stretch at the computer I always get up and stretch out a little and take a walk around the building at least once an hour, actually once every half hour works better for me. It gives your body and your mind a minute to re-boot and can go a long way to keeping you healthy. Try it.

Be safe always, good when you can

Semper Fi



12 Responses to “Corps Strength – Sitting Is The New Cancer?”

  1. MGunz says:

    The Apple CEO is Tim Cook, sorry for the type O guys,

  2. z0phi3l says:

    It’s the new trendy thing these days, it ties in with the new standing desk fad

    Both need to hurry up and die soon, those of us with back issues hate these hipsters

    • mike says:

      I’ve been standing at work for around three years and it’s done wonders for my weight and energy throughout the day. I’m not sure why your back problems make me a target for your ire, but I hope your back improves!

    • airborne_fister says:

      A little off topic when were you a rigger? How long ago did you go to rigger school?

    • Giovani says:

      Do you lift? Sitting can lead to poor posture and poor glute activation, which leads to movement compensation and dysfunction in the lower-back. For most of us, sitting leads to bad backs.

    • MIke Nomad says:

      “Standing Desk Fad”… I’ve been using a standing desk at work for more than a decade. Consequently, I no longer having back problems. Of course, YMMV.

    • Mike Nomad says:

      “Standing Desk Fad”… I’ve been using a standing desk at work for more than a decade. Consequently, I no longer have back problems. Of course, YMMV.

  3. A body in motion stays in motion, a body in rest…

    Simple as that, the sedentary life, and our diet, kills. While standing desks may not be for everyone, a quick jaunt every hour will work wonders. There are also myriad drils and stretches almost anyone can do to save posture.

    • m5 says:


      And commuting by car, bus or such, easily adds significant time to the daily sitting. If having a desk job, if at all possible, do commute by cycling, running or whatever where your body is the engine. If the distance and route are about right, this can be very effective, as commuting tends to be a highly regular activity. It saves you time too, as your commute doubles as your excercise. Of course, the office needs to have proper shower and dressing facilities.

      For me, moving too far away from the office for daily commuting by cycle was most unfortunate.

  4. Bobby says:

    I walk 5 miles a day… eat fairly healthy, most days and I am still 30 lbs overweight… As a severe Asthmatic, Cardiovascular training is extremely difficult. Between my work schedule and much needed rest getting a regular exercise routine in is impossible. I’m pretty tired of folks ripping on the overweight guys. Not all of us have the opportunity to have an Operator status job or even Operator Lungs. So the discipline of shooting becomes paramount. I train when I can. I work out when I can and that’s all I can do.

    • Jeb says:

      So you don’t want to be used as an example, positive or negative, to substantiate that physical structure and composition is tied directly to genetics with PT only contributing to a certain degree, if it can be construed as “ripping” on overweight guys? Just giving you shit, man. I am physically active from the time I wake to the time I sleep – average 16-17 hours a day, walk an average of 5 miles + a day and stay physically active doing daily life on 10.86 acres…yet cannot exceed 190 lbs and never wager below 179. And I haven’t since High School days with the minor exception of my time in the Army where I bulked to 218 and was fucking huge at 6’1. This is 18 years of time we are talking. Genetics. On the same note…PNW_Tree said it best and is most assuredly accurate and honest. Sitting on your ass is destructive to even the plastic bearing someone’s ass weight.

  5. bulldog76 says:

    Get motivated get dedicated keep going til you think you cant and keep going