Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Your Health: Too much sitting puts the body on idle
Article from yesterday's edition of The USA TODAY; as I sit at my desk typing away. Some of the more interesting tidbits I have highlighted below....

"Inertia may be especially hard on the heart: Every hour spent watching TV (an activity that usually involves sitting) was associated with an 18% increase in heart disease deaths and an 11% increase in deaths overall among 8,800 Australians who were followed for six years, according to a recent report published online in Circulation. People who watched TV at least four hours a day were 80% more likely to die of heart disease than those who watched less than two hours a day. (Americans watch an average of five hours of TV a day.)"
Yes, statistics can be manipulated to say/prove whatever the author's agenda may be; but that percentage is awfully hard to ignore.
"A Canadian study of 17,000 adults also found a consistent link between chair time and deaths from heartdisease: The more people sat, for any reason, the more likely they were to die of heart disease within 12 years — even if they were slim and exercised regularly. "Too much sitting is the not the same as too little exercise," says Marc Hamilton, a researcher at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge."
This is a point I have been making to my clients for some time now; "You may come and have the most glorious training session imaginable for the hour that you are with me, but if you sit on your ass the other 23 hours of the day; it's not hard to see which side is going to win." It also happens to be one(of the many) reasons I despise circuit equipment. What is the first thing you must do before using a weight machine? Exactly. Doesn't make much sense does it?
Sit less; move more.

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