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PostureMedia:  AARP Prime Time Focus with Alyne Ellis (Part 1 of 5)

posture expert dr steven weiniger AARPDr. Weiniger sat down with Alyne Ellis, host of AARP’s radio show, “Prime Time Focus,” to talk about why poor posture isn’t just a senior’s epidemic – it starts as early as childhood.

“The ‘old posture’ of being hunched over doesn’t start when you’re old – it starts as you’re living,” he says.

The risks surrounding society’s sedentary-centric lifestyles continue to grow as we sit longer and longer throughout the day.

Dr. Weiniger, the Posture Guru, tells AARP, “[The health risks of sitting are] far worse than anybody thought. People that sit 8-12 hours a day, over a number of years had a 91% increase in type-2 diabetes. Mortality goes up. Heart disease, arthritis goes up. The more you sit, the worse your health gets – even if you exercise.”

Listen to the 1st segment of this posture series, and get tips to share with your patients & clients.

 

Click here to listen to Part 2: Sitting on the ball at work.


AUDIO TRANSCRIPT

AARP:  INTRO – “When we sit, our bodies bend.”  Posture Expert, Dr. Steven Weiniger

WEINIGER:  If you spend 12, 15, 18 hours a day with your body folded, which with sitting is a folded posture, over time your posture’s going to fold.  Your muscles become trained to be in that folded posture.  And just like a crease in a piece of paper, your body becomes bent like that, and the “old posture” of being hunched over doesn’t start when you’re old – it starts as you’re living.

AARP:  Studies show that the health risks of sitting all the time are dramatic.

WEINIGER:  Far worse than anybody thought.  People that sit 8-12 hours a day, over a number of years had a 91% increase in type-2 diabetes.  Mortality goes up.  Heart disease, arthritis goes up.  The more you sit, the worse your health gets – even if you exercise.

AARP:  Dr. Weiniger’s advice – stand some while working, get a very supportive, ergonomic chair.  Some of the time, sit on a large ball, like the ones in the gym.  That’s Prime Time Focus brought to you by AARP.  I’m Alyne Ellis.

 

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