Have you heard the catch phrase that sitting is the new smoking?
Recent studies have found that sitting for more than two continuous hours at a time increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cancer, back and neck pain and other orthopaedic problems. This isn’t reversible by going for a twenty minute walk or a gym session. Americans spend an average of thirteen hours a day sitting.
Kelly Starrett says we are not moving enough, not moving well and we are not performing basic maintenance on our bodies. His book is a mobility system aimed at turning you in to a healthy, productive and fit deskbound warrior.
The book explains the consequences of poor posture and is full of easy to understand diagrams and full colour photographs showing different postures, concepts and exercises. The book describes ways to optimally move, for example squatting, walking and carrying a bag.
There’s a whole chapter on setting up and using a dynamic workstation (more often called a standing desk). Kelly advocates using mobility tools to perform basic maintenance on our bodies, like foam rollers, battlestars, balls, double balls and exercise bands.
The last section of the book is the most useful as it contains prescriptions or exercises targeted at specific body parts.