As Labor Day rolls around, I wonder how much labor we are actually doing nowadays.
With the amount of Americans who have a sit down job and hours of inactivity, this task is considered normal. It is socially desirable to pick out your favorite desk chair at Staples that is the most plush and comfortable as possible for a long day of work. We know it’s harmful, maybe even addicting, but let’s not continue following the crowd. We need a change, and physical therapists should lead it.
It is going to be interesting to see how this medical collapse will pan out over the years. It could possibly take a few more decades for this lack of movement to change, no pun intended. There is no secrecy or mystery behind it, we already have the evidence, as described in this past CNN article.
We have also learned from our mistakes in the past, and it is a good thing; our health can attest for it. In 1830, Americans consumed 1.7 bottles of hard liquor a week, three times the amount consumed in 2010. Americans are also smoking less too, only 10% smoke more than one pack a day in 1999 compared to over 30% in 1978.
My medical intake form includes a check box on ‘alcohol and smoking’ consumption by the week. It is on there because we know it can affect your outcome under physical therapy services, or just simply overall health status. Maybe I need to add ‘how long do you sit a day’ box. My bony ischial tubes and lack of gluteus maximus is killing me right now thinking about it.
It does seem to take a long time for change to occur. But we are smarter now, even a significant higher IQs than in 1900. It shouldn’t take us decades, even centuries, to alter this crippling behavior majority of Americans are now enduring.
We can continue to educate with mediocre results (at least I have!). Patients are shackled to their desks. They can’t leave them to move around during the day as they have to get their work done.
Get involved, check out the Xtension Desk. I know it is a little trivial to promote a product. However, it’s not the product, it is the behavior I am after. I want to have skin in the game or a dog in the fight as they may say. You should too.