There’s an expression that has recently become fairly popular… “Sitting is the new smoking”. The basic meaning of this expression is that recent clinical studies have found that adverse health impact from protracted periods of sitting are equivalent to, or perhaps even worse, than that of smoking.

Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative, is widely credited with coining the phrase. He states…

“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”

While the phrase is compelling and attention grabbing, we need to challenge the notion a little. There is nothing inherently wrong with sitting. It’s a natural necessary part of our everyday life. The assertion that Dr. Levine is making, and what has caught so much of the media’s attention, is the shockingly horrible health effect that excessive periods of sitting can lead to.

Our modern lifestyle, for most of us, involves very long periods of sitting. Whether we’re working at our desks, spending time on the computer, or simply relaxing watching TV, far too many of us spend far too much time on our bums.

Well, while all of this sitting most certainly can affect our overall health, it also severely impacts the health of our spine and core stabilizer muscles.

Dr. Dan Meininger, a Doctor of Chiropractic from here in Westborough, and I recently teamed up to discuss this issue and to provide some coaching on a couple of basic exercises that you can do to moderate and mitigate some of the adverse effects long periods of sitting can have on your spine.

You can learn more about Dr. Meininger’s practice at You can contact his office at or at 508-898-2228.

We hope you enjoy this video and find it helpful…

Paul Reilly

Paul is the Owner and Founder of MidStrong. He created MidStrong in 2017 to train men and women in midlife who are busy with work and family to build muscle and burn fat so they can look and feel better than they did in their 20’s. MidStrong is making Functional Fitness training safe and fun, and inclusive. He and his wife, Julie also own and operate MidStrong locally, their bricks and mortar business, previously called ACCELERATED Strength & Balance. It is a boutique fitness center specializing in training folks in and around Westborough through the challenges of midlife for more than five years.

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