Don’t Stand For Sitting At Your Desk!
“Sitting is the new smoking!” is the dramatic headline that has popped up on many a health and fitness site in the last few years.
In fact, a study, published by the American Journal of Epidemiology, suggested that sitting for six-plus hours can make someone at least 18% more likely to die from diabetes, heart disease, and obesity than those who sit for less than three. But, before you consign your office chair to the bin and buy that standing desk, the other extreme, by definition, doesn’t work either. According to Bryan Walsh's Time article, The Dangers of Sitting at Work—and Standing, standing for long periods can hurt the feet and back, and can also increase the risks of carotid atherosclerosis ninefold.
Colón is a multi-certified yoga instructor, but she’s also a former senior editor of Oprah’s O magazine and the author of 10 books. (So she’s no stranger to sitting!) And she’s come up with a solution that fits in your pocket: Take a Yoga Break, a new iPhone app that will add movement to your day, and even remind you to do it.
The app is a series of easy-to-follow yoga-based moves designed to help counteract the dangerous health problems associated with long-term sitting.
“I started practicing yoga around 1990 after a major life change,” said Colón. “In the space of three months, I was laid off from my job, a relationship broke apart, and I relocated to Miami Beach. My parents said, ‘if you’re going to be unemployed, you might as well be unemployed in good weather!” She laughed. “And that 'emptying out' of your life makes you very open to new things.”
But, even as a yogi, Colón realized her other life as a writer and editor was still way too