Is sitting the new smoking?

Dr. Stacy Irvine, Totum Life Science See Bio

Dr. Irvine is the co-founder of Totum Life Science which has opened a new site at Medisys Bay St. Clinic, 333 Bay St. 15th Floor, Toronto Ontario. Stacy is also a Senior Exercise and Lifestyle  Advisor at Medisys Executive Health. Through her work as a chiropractor and strength and conditioning specialist, Dr. Irvine’s clientele ranges  from beginners, just starting out on an exercise program, to elite and  professional athletes, looking for advanced rehabilitation and training program strategies.

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Canadians come from a “Sitting Culture”. Improving health and heart disease prevention with regular exercise is core to the Medisys philosophy as a preventive health provider. Our society has evolved from hunter/gatherer to agrarian to one that is now technological in nature and which involves less and less physical activity.  “Screen time” is beginning to dominate our society and has, unfortunately, created a culture of inactivity. Sitting is an epidemic with very serious health implications for individuals and our society.

  • On average, adults spend 9 hours and 48 minutes of their waking time being sedentary, including a whopping 30 hours of television a week.
  • In the 1970’s approximately 20% of our jobs were defined as involving “light activity” and 30% were defined as high activity jobs. By the turn of the century, the amount of people with primarily “sitting” jobs doubled!
  • Sitting disease has real health consequences according to a study published by Dr. Emma Wilmot, long time sitters have a 112 percent increased risk of developing diabetes and a 147 percent increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke, coupled with a 900% chance of dying from such an event. In addition, longtime sitters have a 49 percent increased risk of dying prematurely –learn more here.

Clearly, excessive sitting is bad in almost every way. Worst of all, it makes us old…fast!

The Totum Life Science “Get back  to your roots” Primal movement experience to improve health:

Our bodies were designed for hunting, gathering and long distance running. Our hands were designed for active tasks, not keyboards. We were designed to be moving on our feet for most of the day, then sleeping at night.

Totum Life Science, a fitness partner at Medisys which is opening a new location at the Medisys Bay Street Clinic at 333 Bay Street in Toronto, has developed a full body workout focused around primal movement. Primal movement will help participants understand how their body is supposed to work, how it was designed to move.

The primal movement class involves primarily body weight focused activities which progress from simple to complex movement patterns that challenge the body. The key benefits of this style of training are:

1. Ease of movement (mobility)
2. Decreased pain (better muscular balance within the body)
3. Performance improvement (when your body moves better, you perform physical skills better)
4. Improved strength and coordination
5. Cardiovascular conditioning

Totum Life Science offers primal movement training in a private or semi-private setting at the Medisys Toronto Clinic Location.


Dr. Irvine is the co-founder of Totum Life Science which has opened a new site at Medisys Bay St. Clinic, 333 Bay St. 15th Floor, Toronto Ontario. Stacy is also a Senior Exercise and Lifestyle  Advisor at Medisys Executive Health. Through her work as a chiropractor and strength and conditioning specialist, Dr. Irvine’s clientele ranges  from beginners, just starting out on an exercise program, to elite and  professional athletes, looking for advanced rehabilitation and training program strategies.

 

 

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