Any Movement is Good for You

Driving, desk jobs and TV has made us a nation of sitters. We've known that's unhealthy, but new research is showing that six hours of continuous sitting affects fitness levels negatively about the same as 1 hour of exercise affects them positively. However, if you move regularly throughout the day, even just shifting in your…

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Sedentary Behavior and Motor Coordination

Kids who spend more than 3/4 of the day sedentary have worse coordination than those who are more active. A recent study shows that boys who spent more than 76% of the day in front of a computer screen or TV were 9.2 times more likely to have poor coordination, and girls 5.1 times. The…

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Regular Light Exercise Protects from Peripheral Arterial Disease

PAD (peripheral arterial disease) is a problem getting a lot of media attention today. A study of 1381 patients already at high-risk for atherosclerotic disease found that inactive people were almost twice as likely to have PAD as those who reported the most active lives (25.6% vs. 13.7%, p=0.001). Even light activity such as a…

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Sitting 4+ Hours A Day Can Be Deadly

A study of nearly 9000 Australians compared those who watched 2 hours or less of TV per day to those who watched more than 4 hours. Those watching the most had a 46% increased risk in death from all causes, and an 80% increased risk for death by cardiovascular disease. This connection stayed consistent even after…

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TV Time Can Cut Life Short

Researchers in Australia followed the lifestyle habits of almost 9000 adults for more than six years. They found that each hour of daily TV viewing was connected with an 11% increased risk for death from all causes, an 18% higher risk for cardiovascular deaths, and even a 9% increase in death from cancer.PositiveTip: The human body was…

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You Have Only One Heart

Our bodies are designed to have a lot of things in twos: two eyes, two ears, two hands, two legs, two feet, two kidneys, two lungs and so on. For many of these body parts, we can live without having both - just one ear or even just one lung.But we only have one heart.The…

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No Heart for Overtime Work

Working overtime is bad for your heart.  The European Heart Journal recently reported an 11-year study following 6000 men and women who worked in the British Civil service. During the study there were 369 heart attacks in the group.

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