I love this post! I hope you will read it and learn from it too. The more I read and write about health and fitness, the more I appreciate that ‘little things mean a lot.’ Little things like stretching, getting a good night’s sleep and walking, not living a sedentary lifestyle. These are elements that can keep you in tip top shape, mentally and physically for years to come.
To read further on some of these little things, Check out my Pages:
Do you know the dangers of too much sitting?
How important is a good night’s sleep?
Why you should walk more
Training For Life
This article was first published in The Hindu on 2nd October 2010.
I see people completing their workout routines and rushing through a few cursory stretches; mainly to appease the trainer, mind elsewhere, in a hurry to get going. Their flexibility does not get any better; they can still barely bend forward to reach for their thighs leave alone their toes, but they see no reason to waste time toiling with “stretches’. They have more important things to do, their cardio, so they can burn an indecent number of calories, push as much weight as they can to gain that well sculpted physique. Flexibility? Yes, well, let’s be done with it as quickly as possible!
One couldn’t be more mistaken. An inflexible muscle is more prone to injury and cannot perform as well as it should. Good quality muscle is supple, strong AND flexible.
Flexibility is the corner stone of…
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About a year ago I began to learn the dangers of prolonged sitting. I posted a Page on it – Do you know the dangers of too much sitting? Which you can check out at your leisure. The following analysis comes from Texas A & M University.
It’s a popular catchphrase: “Sitting is the new smoking.” A phrase that is often attributed to James A. Levine, MD, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic, but even he seems to have pulled back from that characterization a little, now simply saying that sitting for long periods of time is linked to conditions like obesity and metabolic syndrome.
And it’s the obesity that really leads to problems, according to Mark Benden, PhD, CPE, associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and director of the Ergonomics Center at the Texas A&M School of Public Health. He studies the use of sit-stand desks to promote physical activity. “The better metaphor might be obesity is the new smoking,” Benden said. “That’s a little closer from a cause-and-effect standpoint, in terms of the number of people dying from these preventable causes each year.” Continue reading
I have written about the dangers of prolonged sitting previously. You can check out my Page – Do you know the dangers of too much sitting? for further information on it.
White matter is brain tissue containing nerve fibers responsible for brain communication. As we age, nerve fiber activity declines and disrupts brain function. But a new study suggests that among older adults, the structural integrity of white matter is not only dependent on levels of physical activity, but also on the amount of remaining time spent sedentary, according to Medical News Today.
Lead researcher Agnieszka Burzynska, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois, and her team publish their findings in the journal PLOS ONE.
Past studies have associated physical activity among older adults with reduced cognitive decline. In 2012, research from the University of Scotland in the UK found that seniors who had high levels of physical activity had fewer problems with memory and thinking skills, while a 2013 study claimed exercise is beneficial for the cognitive functioning of dementia patients. Continue reading
In December 2013 I posted for the first time on the dangers of sitting too long. “I must confess I was amazed to learn that simply sitting for long periods could be as the headline says, “Hazardous to Your Health and Longevity.” So, it’s not enough to exercise regularly, you also need to make sure that you don’t sit immobile for long periods….” That was the first sentence in the post Too much sitting can be hazardous to your health and longevity.
Now comes the American Heart Association saying, “Being sedentary is not just a lack of exercise, it is a potentially independent risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
“Regardless of how much physical activity someone gets, prolonged sedentary time could negatively impact the health of your heart and blood vessels,” said Deborah Rohm Young, Ph.D., director of behavioral research at Kaiser Permanente Southern California in Pasadena and chair of the new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.
“According to the statement, sedentary behavior may be associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, impaired insulin sensitivity (linked to diabetes) and an overall higher risk of death from any cause. (my emphasis)
There are some wonderful thoughts here on achieving good health. I hope you will read it and reap.
Eat less; move more; live longer.
I think it might be worth checking out my Page – Do You Know the Dangers of Too Much Sitting?
And A Discussion About Exercises
The concept that being inactive and heart disease are related is a pretty well-accepted idea in our society today. There are many explanations for why this occurs and they all mainly have to do with metabolism, food intake, and energy expenditure. (This is why you’re supposed to run 10 miles if you eat a strip of bacon, right?)
While these ideas are certainly not wrong, I think there’s an important concept that many of us are missing when we try to lower our heart and vessel disease risk.
What I’m talking about here is the concept of a rising “vascular age” due to inactivity and stiffness of our bodies.
But first, let’s talk about blood flow in the body.
How Blood Normally Flows In The Body
For the sake of discussion, let’s start thinking about blood flow at the level of the heart. The heart is a…
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I have written about the dangers of prolonged sitting before and I think it is a message that can’t be repeated too often.
You can read further details on this by checking out my Page – Do You Know the Dangers of Too Much Sitting?
I read that the new Apple Watch will have an alert that reminds you that you have been sitting too long. We will know more when the Watch comes out.
I must confess that only a few months ago I was amazed to learn that the simple act of sitting can be damaging to my health. Okay, you have to be sitting for a while, but not all day. This is something you need to know more about. One observer called sitting the new smoking and I actually used that as a header on a blog post. You can decide for yourself whether that is inflammatory or not. When the staid New York Times gets into the discussion, I think it’s time to find out more.
For the record, it’s not the chair that’s evil, it’s your sitting too long in it. Read some of the hints on this page …
Sit Less Live Longer- New York Times
How Sitting Too Long Affects Your Body – Infographic
Sitting is the New Smoking
7 Areas of the Body Affected by Sitting too Long – Infographic
Sitting Is Killing You – Infographic
Exercising More, Sitting Less Reduces Heart Failure Risk in Men
Too Much Sitting can be Hazardous to Your Health and Longevity
The Sitting and Rising Test Gives Clues to How Long You Might Live
This is my second post on the damage of sitting too much today. As regular readers know I feel strongly about the damage smoking does to the body and this very extensive write up of how sitting too much hurts you covers even more ground than I have in previous posts.
By James Wallace Harris, Tuesday, October 7, 2014
The new catch phrase I’m hearing is “Sitting is the New Smoking.” This statement conveys so much. It triggers memories about my dad, who died when I was 18, and he was 49. He was a smoker, and survived two heart attacks and a stroke before he died on his third heart attack. I always wondered how long he would have lived if he had never smoked. It’s a shame he didn’t learn that smoking was bad when he was growing up, but that knowledge just wasn’t common back then. What future common knowledge are we missing out on now? Is sitting really the new smoking?
I have to wonder if my life would have been different if I had known sitting was so bad. I’ve had back problems for years, and at the moment I’m having neck problems, with a pinched…
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I posted on the dangers of Sitting Too Much earlier this week.
Now comes this awesome infographic with even more info on it. If it appears small to you, double click on it and it will blow up (at least it did on my Mac.)
Some of the items include: “Sitting 6+ hours a day makes you up to 40% likelier to die within 15 years than someone who sits less than three. Even if you exercise.”