Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Digital Dementia

The overstimulation of technology and a sedentary lifestyle are such problems
that adolescents now show non-Alzheimer’s, dementia-like symptoms.
Fortunately, the solution isn’t to get rid of technology, but learn healthier habits
while engaging with it.  
Find out more here…

Monday, May 13, 2019

Offset the Negative Effects from Sitting

Did you know?
5+ hours of sedentary sitting is the health equivalent of smoking a pack and a quarter of cigarettes! (1)

We were never meant to sit for long periods of time. At work, driving, watching the game - all this sitting breaks down the body.  The consequences are many;
- Increases your risk of death from any cause by 50% (2)
- Increases your risk of cardiovascular disease or heart attacks by 125%
- Slows down your blood flow (3)
- Makes your hip flexors extremely tight (one of the common root causes of chronic back pain)
- Slows down your metabolism and make you burn 21% fewer calories than if you were standing up (4)
- Worsens your body’s ability to metabolize glucose and to handle carbs )increasing risks of diabetes). (5)
Other negative side effects include poor lymph flow, brain dysfunction, feeling sluggish, poor bone density, weak digestion, bad posture, swollen feet, etc….

If you sit a lot - you need to be smart.
As you know, my motto is “Use it or Lose It”.  In reality - MOTION IS LIFE.  

“When you take a movement break it doesn’t matter what you do, you can take a nice stroll down the hall,” said Dr Keith Diaz, an expert in behavioural medicine at Columbia University and co-author of a study on excess sitting.
Diaz noted such periods could be as short as a minute in duration. “It is about just adding up the activity across the day,” he said, adding that walking to a co-worker’s desk rather than speaking on the phone, or having walking meetings, were both ways in which sitting time could be reduced and activity boosted. 6

Another way of looking at is is to ask a simple question:
"How little will I sit?" Small movements have a big impact. Try some NonExercise Activity Thermogenesis.  Also known as NEAT try stretching, flexing your toes and calves, stretching, or even fidgeting in your chair. All of those movements require energy, and the calories add up, says Mayo Clinic researcher James Levine.  He also suggests that "The goal of sitting should be singular: to give our bodies a break from moving."
Offset the Negative Side Effects from Sitting by taking breaks every 30 minutes and Stretching.

The following stretches are designed to loosen tight hip flexors -that result from sitting too much…

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