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Sitting Disease: How Are We 10 Years after Diagnosis?

Sitting Disease: How Are We 10 Years after Diagnosis?

It’s been 10 years since the dangers of Sitting Disease were made known, and it wasn’t a friendly news. Increasing risks to major health issues like heart disease, diabetes and cancer, Sitting Disease has been called the “new smoking” because of how detrimental it can be to overall health.

After a decade of that knowledge, a new study has revealed that we’re actually getting worse. A lot worse.

What does the study say?

Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine have found that American adults are actually sitting an hour more each day than they did a year ago — 6.5 hours per day. The majority of that time (including the additional hour) is spent sitting idly in front of a computer.

The results for teenagers is even worse at an average of 8 hours of sedentary activty every day, most of which is spent in front of a screen of some type.

But blaming screens for a sedentary lifestyle doesn’t fix the problem. The problem is sitting.

How do we fix it?

1. Acknowledge that screens are a part of our lives now. They can be entertainment, but they can also be used for work, for education, and even to save us time on other tasks. To get rid of your screens would be a hasty decision and may had adverse affects on your life.

2. Understand how much we’re sitting. Try keeping a log over the course of a couple of days to understand how much you’re sitting and what activities have you sitting more. If knowledge is power, this log of your sitting is a freight train.

3. Get up and moving more. It’s recommended that everyone get in 20-30 minutes of activity every day. But exercise can only do so much if you still sit for extended periods of time. If you know how much you’re sitting and when (because you followed #2 and made a log), you can plan to interrupt that time with short periods of standing time.

4. Set reminders. It’s easier to remember to take a break from sitting when you have a reminder. Try using an app on your phone if you need to.

5. Move with a friend. Having someone to get moving with you is a great way to be active, social, and have accountability to keep you on the right track.

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Stand More, Strengthen Your Heart

Stand More, Strengthen Your Heart

Sometimes it can be difficult to pinpoint the one thing that could have a large and lasting positive effect on your health.

And then you read this study from University of Texas Southwestern and it’s far easier.

What does it say?

The study found that people who sat more were at a higher risk for higher BMI, diabetes, and hypertension. Additionally, each hour of sitting correlated to a 14 percent increase in a middle-aged person’s coronary artery calcium score.

In the end, the study showed that participants who spend more time sitting were at higher risk for calcified arteries and atherosclerosis.

What does it mean for me?

The best way to reduce your risk to those health issues is to sit less and stand more.

Better yet, if you participate in pysical activities while you’re standing, you’re not just reducing your risk but you’re strengthening the arteries in your heart and further reducing your risk of heart disease.

“Physical activity has a multilayered benefit, possibly including anti-inflammatory processes, increasing coronary artery diameter and circulation, improving plaque stability and reducing cardiac disease risk,” says Dr. Maan Fares, MD, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic.

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This ONE Thing Can Decrease Your Blood Pressure by 10%

This ONE Thing Can Decrease Your Blood Pressure by 10%

That stress ball that sits on your desk and does nothing is about to get a regular workout.

You see, back in the 1970’s the United Sates Air Force was working on finding a way to keep their pilots from blacking out from high G-force exposure. They brought on cardiopulmonary physiologist Dr. Ron Wiley of the University of Miami, Ohio to help them find a solution, and the results were better than they had imagined.

Specifically, they wanted to keep their pilots from losing their vision or consciousness when traveling at such high speeds that they were experiencing gravity at several multiples of what the human body is used to. And Dr. Wiley found a solution.

In order to keep blood circulating and prevent blackout, Dr. Wiley had pilots perform an exercise with an isometric handgrip.

But there was a surprising secondary benefit — a drop in blood pressure.

And that was it. All it took was exercise with a handgrip to reduce the blood pressure of the pilots. After several weeks, their blood pressure was down 2-3%. With more regular effort, it’s possible to reduce blood pressure by up to 10%.

The exercise can be done with a handgrip or even a foam ball. Squeezing at regular intervals for 12 minutes a day for 5 days a week is all it takes.

So grab that stress ball and get to working at dropping your blood pressure.

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Long Stretches of Sitting Just as Bad as Daily Sum

Long Stretches of Sitting Just as Bad as Daily Sum

If you’re aware of the Sitting Disease, then you know that it’s important to reduce the overall amount of time you spend sitting. You know how important that is because you want to keep your energy up, your stress level down, and you want to avoid serious chronic isues like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

But did you know that reducing the total number of hours you spend sitting may not be enough?

A recent study shows that sitting for long stretches of time may be just as detrimental to your health as sitting around for long periods of time.

“We tend to think of sedentary behavior as just the sheer volume of how much we sit around each day,” says Keith Diaz, PhD, associate research scientist in the Department of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and lead investigator of the study. “But previous studies have suggested that sedentary patterns—whether an individual accrues sedentary time through several short stretches or fewer long stretches of time—may have an impact on health.”

“This one behavior change could reduce your risk of death.”

Before we get too much further, let’s acknowledge the importance of getting the overall amount of time you spend sitting down as low as possible. On average, Americans sit for more than 8 hours each day, so we’ve get to lower that number as much as we can.

Next, we need to be aware of how long we’ve been sitting for. It can be helpful to look at the clock as you’re sitting down and then look again to see when you’re standing up. If you’ve been sitting for too long, set a timer the next time you know you’ll be sitting doing that same activity.

“If you have a job or lifestyle where you have to sit for prolonged periods of time, we suggest taking a movement break every half hour,” says Dr. Diaz. “This one behavior change could reduce your risk of death.”

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This ONE Thing Can Make You Smarter, Age Slower

This ONE Thing Can Make You Smarter, Age Slower

What if someone told you that you could be smarter after doing one thing for 20-30 minutes a day? And what if that same thing also slowed your body’s aging process? Almost sounds too good to be true, right? Well, according to a new study led by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, it’s actually possible.

What does the study say?

The study tested the long-term effects of aerobic exercise on young adults, and the results showed that the participants that regularly engaged in aerobic exercise saw an increase in executive function — the cognitive processes that affect problem-solving, reasoning, and planning — and slowed signs of age on the brain.

What does it mean for me?

For young adults, this shows the importance of aerobic exercise not only for physical health but also cognitive function. For everyone else, this is reinforcing something that’s already known — aerobic exercise is as good for the brain as it is for the body. The positive effects of aerobic exercise have already been studied in olded adults. But to find that the cognitive benefits from aerobic exercise can be found in people much younger is a big deal.

So what now?

Whoever you are — no matter your age — you need to be exercising. We are living in an increasingly sedentary world, and our cognitive abilities are at stake. And when all it takes is 20-30 minutes of activity a day to see an increase in your brain’s capacity and to slow the aging process, it seems like a small price to pay for what you get in return.

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