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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Simple Way to Improve Your Health

Apply the research results that have been recently coming out and reduce your chance of disease by simply making a point of getting up every hour and walking around a bit or having a little stretch.  Such a simple new habit to establish which could make quite a difference in your future.

"Patel and others also have investigated the health dangers of sitting too long without moving around, which is called "sitting disease." 

In a study of 123,000 people, she found that the more time people spent sitting, the higher their risk of dying early. "Even among individuals who were regularly active, the risk of dying prematurely was higher among those who spent more time sitting," she says.
Even if you are doing half an hour of aerobic activity a day, you need to make sure you don't sit the rest of the day, Patel says. "You have to get up and take breaks from sitting."
Emerging research indicates that prolonged sitting also increases the risk of some types of cancer, such as colon, endometrial and ovarian cancers, Friedenreich says.
James Levine, a professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., says many people sit an average of seven to 9 hours a day. "If you've sat for an hour, you've probably sat too long," he says.
Friedenreich is looking into why exercise reduces cancer risk. In a study of 320 post-menopausal women, she has found that physical activity appears to decrease the risk of cancer by increasing insulin sensitivity and reducing body fat, inflammation, metabolic hormones and sex steroids hormones."
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  1. Paula -

    As a software developer and internet marketer, I often joke about being on the 'Body by Microsoft' plan...i.e. get fat and go blind sitting at a computer every day. This is good advice for someone like me. Do you have a Facebook Fan page? If so, please post the link and I'll be your next fan!

  2. Hi Steve-Don't have a Facebook Fan page but I'll look into it. In the meantime, I invite you to become a follower here. Keep your comments coming-this one is a definite chuckle.

  3. Steve-on your suggestion, I started a Facebook page. It's minimal right now. but it's there. I guess I'm the one who needs advice now!

    For everyone, I also now have a profile on Psychology Today under Therapist Finder.