How Sitting Is KILLING Your Back & Body

How many hours a day do you sit? Learn how sitting affects your health and find out how to counter the dangers of sitting.

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0:00 Introduction: Dangers of sitting
0:25 Understanding fitness
1:40 Sedentary lifestyle
2:27 How sitting affects your body
5:40 What to do if you have to sit for long periods
14:06 Check out my Stress Playlist to learn more about countering stress

Today, we’re going to talk about sitting and what it’s doing to your fitness level.

Fitness makes up just one part of your health. You also have your diet, supplements, and sleep. But you can’t get fit without motion—without exercise.

Fitness is an enhanced capacity to survive and adapt to your environment. It’s an extra tool to help you buffer stress more easily, increase flexibility and strength, and look and feel better.

On the flip side, a sedentary lifestyle is associated with stress and disease. Sitting for long periods can affect your entire body. If you’re sitting in front of a screen for long periods, your risk for certain health issues goes up even more.

How to support your health if you have to sit for long periods:
• Take frequent breaks and stretch or exercise
• Use lumbar support while driving and a lumbar support device to stretch the lower back before bed
• Get a comfortable office chair and continue to move your body as you sit
• Get into a hobby that involves motion
• Go for long walks and get sunshine
• Get something to block the blue light from your computer screen
• Get more exercise—try yoga or pilates
• Be more aware of EMFs and distance yourself from them
• Try a treadmill desk or standing desk

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis and intermittent fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals®. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! Try these tips to support your health if you have to sit for long periods. I’ll see you in the next video.


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  1. @atn121398 on December 20, 2023 at 11:02 am

    You’re honestly going to be what saves my life

    • @UniversalPatriots on December 20, 2023 at 11:05 am

      Same here

    • @callumtorrance9180 on December 20, 2023 at 11:14 am

      From what? Are you suffering?

    • @Arlene_DOTK on December 20, 2023 at 11:15 am

      It’s actually you that will save your life, when you take action to sound advice. Which it sounds like you are 😊

    • @verovino5029 on December 20, 2023 at 11:21 am

      Maybe they meant saves from body aches because in my opinion, only Jesus Christ saves lives🕊️

    • @paulheydarian1281 on December 20, 2023 at 11:24 am

      The bigger question to ask, is my life worth saving? 🤔

  2. @a.williams45 on December 20, 2023 at 11:27 am

    Thank you for all your continuous educational content and support, Dr Berg 🙏🏻

    • @Drberg on December 20, 2023 at 12:19 pm

      Glad to help!

    • @thehuslewithnomuscle1513 on December 22, 2023 at 9:12 am

      Have you tried sleeping on the floor For fixing spine and become taller?

    • @Helenegardener on December 26, 2023 at 6:10 am

      @@thehuslewithnomuscle1513Some of Dr Berg’s videos /articles on the spine may be of interest.

  3. @thedecalisthub on December 20, 2023 at 11:27 am

    Wow. Dr Berg’s delivery is engaging and entertaining, making it easy to digest all the valuable information. The way he breaks down the sedentary lifestyle and its impact on our health is eye-opening. I never thought sitting could be so detrimental to my fitness level, but he made a compelling case.The strategies he suggests, from frequent breaks to creative stretches with a mobility stick, are not only practical but delivered with a dose of common sense. And who knew about the dangers of blue light from screens? Game-changer. This video is a must-watch for anyone chained to a desk or guilty of too much screen time. I’m definitely going to implement some of these tips, and maybe invest in a rocking chair for my office, too! Kudos Dr Berg for making a potentially dry topic so entertaining and enlightening.

    • @quixote5986 on December 20, 2023 at 4:48 pm


  4. @joannbedolla1613 on December 20, 2023 at 11:33 am

    I really enjoyed this video. I have this thing for my neck that a chiropractor gave me a few yeara ago. I also use a foam roller. Along with weights and yoga. Im far from perfect but your videos help me stay consistent.
    Thank you for always encouraging us. You’re the best Dr. B 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

  5. @annajacob7981 on December 20, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    Dr Berg’s tips to interrupt endless sitting, help spine & improve health:
    -Frequent breaks
    -Move while sitting
    -Reverse posture
    -Yoga breaks
    -Playtime body stretches
    -Lumbar support for car
    -Walking breaks
    -Reduce blue light & EMF (electromagnetic fields) exposure
    -Alternate use of podium or standing desk

    BOTTOM LINE: Remember to move. Set hourly alarm to get up off your butt, even if just for one minute. Exercise matters.

    • @maryfolks9368 on December 21, 2023 at 10:03 am

      Thank you for the short version.

    • @annajacob7981 on December 22, 2023 at 7:43 pm

      @@maryfolks9368 You’re welcome 🤗.

    • @DK-pr9ny on December 26, 2023 at 2:50 am

      Thank you for saving me 14 minutes!

    • @dhq2 on December 26, 2023 at 1:08 pm

      You Nailed it!

  6. @AO_9 on December 20, 2023 at 1:35 pm

    Definitely an important topic! I’ve been a long time user of standing desks and sitting in general. My experience is that the static compression of the spine is the worst, that is why I now prefer leaning chairs or even just laying on the sofa instead of sitting upright. Also compound exercises like deadlifts are essential!

    • @HS99876 on December 20, 2023 at 3:51 pm

      Try standing and doing your daily routine! Drinking coffee standing, …… it is possible and not crazy.

    • @MrX-vk1jl on December 24, 2023 at 12:28 am

      Standing for hours is even worse. You are not supposed to drain yourself mentally while also doing physically demanding task (standing). That’s quite literally the worst thing you can do.

  7. @nevastrong2850 on December 20, 2023 at 1:42 pm

    I’ve started walking 5 miles a day along with other various workouts (yoga, running, yardwork) I was shocked seeing my posture in my shadow. I had zero idea how far I leaned forward and slouching shoulders. I have improved my posture greatly, which has helped me loosen my neck & stronger legs at 50+! Thank you 🙏🏻 Dr Berg!

    • @Drberg on December 20, 2023 at 3:48 pm


    • @James73059 on January 5, 2024 at 12:54 pm

      I developed a solution, that if I feel like slouching, or sit for 20 minutes, I would do push ups or pull ups, some light stretch that takes about a minute.

  8. @Somaticrevolution on December 20, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    Really appreciate all the wisdom Dr. Berg. I am watching your videos and it is making a big difference in my life. Gratitude!

    • @Drberg on December 20, 2023 at 2:37 pm

      Glad I was able to help you. Stay safe and healthy!

  9. @jameshenderson7452 on December 20, 2023 at 2:07 pm

    I sit all day looking at two monitors for work and on rotations I will do sets of pushups every hour on the hour regularly knocking out 300-400 pushups in a day. Great advice!!

    • @Drberg on December 20, 2023 at 3:43 pm

      That’s great!

  10. @zeeshanafzal5082 on December 20, 2023 at 2:12 pm

    Hi Dr Berg I love all your contents and continuous learning skills related to lower back pain. Honestly it works . Thanks and God bless you

    • @Drberg on December 20, 2023 at 3:42 pm

      So glad it has helped you!

  11. @echeaz on December 20, 2023 at 5:22 pm

    Dr. Berg’s channel is only one of a few making content that’s actually useful and not just click bait.

  12. @muffinlady9223 on December 20, 2023 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks for this Dr Berg. So very important. I’m a extreme example of what can go wrong with a sitting lifestyle. I’ve developed scoliosis. My spine is rotating. If I had this knowledge even 1 year ago I could have taken action necessary to avoid this. Trying to improve with schroth exercises and chiropractic visits. Wish me luck and thanks again.

    • @Helenegardener on December 26, 2023 at 6:13 am

      Some of Dr Berg’s videos /articles on scoliosis may be of interest.

    • @muffinlady9223 on December 26, 2023 at 6:25 am

      @@Helenegardener Thank you🙂

  13. @Mainecoon_Izzy on December 20, 2023 at 7:31 pm

    Many thanks over and over Dr. Berg! We are so fortunate to have you! Feels like we actually have someone on our side, someone who has our back! Wonderful 💙⭐️💙

    Yes, I sit a lot… but I make sure I go for a quick hike (45-1 hr) with the dogs daily on our property. Over 20 acres, So I can even go in my pajamas, if I have to, rain or shine, lol.
    I tell myself; it’s for the dogs, but it’s also for myself⭐️

  14. @manjolaskendo4236 on December 20, 2023 at 8:41 pm

    I find it so beneficial walking to my workplace in the morning and it lasts one hour. Spending the break from the computer out in the sun is really really relaxing and i feel lucky for that. Thanks for your video on this topic.

  15. @ea9319 on December 20, 2023 at 11:21 pm

    I’ve been sitting so much, that I get pins and needles in my legs from sitting at work too long. It’s actually so painful. I struggle to sit 😢thank you for the tips Dr Berg ❤

    • @muffinlady9223 on December 24, 2023 at 6:17 pm

      Ea9319. If I were you I’d get a spine eval. Not always but sometimes your tingling can be a harbinger of pinched nerve or compressed disks in early stages. Left untreated it can develop into hell on wheels and quite an expense also. Good luck to you!🍀 And Merry Christmas if you celebrate and Happy New Year

    • @Helenegardener on December 26, 2023 at 6:23 am

      Some of Dr Berg’s videos /articles on pins and needl may be of interest.

  16. @animiteva6122 on December 21, 2023 at 6:30 am

    Dr Berg, you are single-handedly doing more for us than millions of doctors in the world. I just can’t thank you enough.

  17. @erica6825 on December 21, 2023 at 3:56 pm

    I recently realised that I’m sitting for SO many hours a day behind my computer, that it’s actually causing weight gain! Thank you, Dr Berg!

    • @jeanpaultongeren125 on December 28, 2023 at 4:42 pm

      you can only counter that by working out for at least an hour everyday

  18. @marvelprince9893 on December 22, 2023 at 12:33 am

    To combat sitting ,I also include rebounding and squatting exercises…also a stand up desk…great video and practical info as usual.

  19. @pebbles8677 on December 22, 2023 at 8:39 am

    I am a stay at home mum and my back has started hurting as I am not as physical as I should be anymore. This is a massive wake up call, thanks for the video.

  20. @hiperzone on January 3, 2024 at 4:34 pm

    I can relate to this as I’ve started to have lower & lombar back pain to the point of not waking up without major back pain. Only staying straight up seems to help.

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