By TONY OLEJNICKI | Creator of the QLS Program
My story starts in the office with a high blood pressure and ends up at the highest summits in the Himalayas with a normal blood pressure.
So what helped me to kick the high blood pressure? Is is a magic property of a high altitude?
I quit a good engineering job not because it was boring, but I was concerned about my health. I started an adventure company training corporate clients for a high altitude climb, as a personal challenge. It made me happier but I still struggled with an excessive blood pressure and cholesterol every time I returned from the Himalayas back to Australia.
The breakthrough came with a book by James Levine ‘Get Up’. This prompted me to follow research by the Mayo Clinic and Dr. Marc Hamilton, about sitting effects on the human body. It turns out that there is nothing wrong with a comfortable office. The motionless sitting, however, is detrimental to a human health; in a way, it is worse than smoking cigarettes and kills more people than HIV.
Immobility leads to muscle atrophy, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and diabetes. High cholesterol is triggered by sitting, causing heart disease. These are real and unavoidable consequences of a motionless sitting leading to a lower life expectancy. Statistically, 50% of the office workers will succumb to one or more sedentary diseases before they retire.
Would you like to retire with a sedentary condition, diabetes or heart disease?…
We all have the obligation to change that, otherwise, we will break our health system with the cost of sedentary diseases. A sedentary disease will contribute to a poor Quality Lifestyle starting in the 50’s.
I understand that, because I was there. I experienced high blood pressure and high cholesterol level despite doing exercises and cooking nutritious meals at home. I went through many tests, many doctors, and cardiologists to no avail. I was told it is genetic and nothing can be done about it, short of medications. I tried that also.
Finally, I understood the reason for my condition and took the action. I applied the latest research results to my case using a system engineering approach. Just changing to a mobile working environment, my blood pressure plummeted from 180/90 to 130/70 within 3 weeks. My LDL (“bad” cholesterol), as well as my triglyceride level, tested after 3 months, returned to a normal range. All that without any medications.
I applied my system engineering approach and the exercise physiology with my high altitude training experience and developed the Quality Lifestyle (QLS) Program for the office worker.
The purpose of the QLS program is to help office-based employees switch to a mobility working environment. This, in turn, will lead not only to a better health and quality lifestyle but more importantly it brings measurable productivity improvements for the business.
Did you know that every hour of motionless sitting in a chair, lowers your life expectancy by 22 minutes?
An average office worker in western countries spends 8 hours sitting at work, 2 hours sitting while commuting and at least 2 hours at home staring at TV set or PC screen.
In Europe, the majority of people over 50, take on average 6 different medications a day to combat sedentary conditions.
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Tony Olejnicki – an engineer, motivator and exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training – is the creator of IMA (Infinite Mountain Adventure), an inspirational company helping professional working in an office environment to improve life quality and experience a motivational Himalayan adventure.