Sitting is Not Bad for You
– The MOVEMENT Movement with Steven Sashen Episode 110 with Turner Osler
Turner Osler has the usual academic trauma surgeon back story: BA Neurobiology (Princeton), MD (Medical College of Virginia), surgical residency (Columbia, Harvard), fellowship (University of New Mexico) and then 20 years an academic trauma surgeon (University of Vermont) with over 300 peer reviewed papers and book chapters. But then Turner went off scrip, got a masters in Biostatistics and an NIH grant and abandoned the operating room to study trauma epidemiology.
Somewhere in the last decade he became obsessed with the problems that come from sitting too much, and especially sitting passively. Because no one else was doing it, Turner and some friends created a company to make active sitting chairs that were affordable enough that everyone could have one and attractive enough that everyone would want one.
Turner lives in Colchester with his wife, son and dogs (Bella and Suki) who have been surprisingly tolerant of his mania and are being gradually drawn into the madness. Except the dogs.
Listen to this episode of The MOVEMENT Movement with Turner Osler about how sitting doesn’t have to be bad for you.
Here are some of the beneficial topics covered on this week’s show:
- Why sitting on bad chairs can cause all kinds of back pain.
- How moving while you’re sitting is one of the best things you can do.
- Why a chair should let you move in all directions and not pre-position your body.
- How making a chair unstable makes people continuously engage their body.
- How everyone already has the spinal reflexes so sit on balanced chair in an unbalanced way.
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