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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

KILLER CHAIRS AND COUCH POTATOES

While most of the information I provide come from personal experiences, energy/environmental publications and the like, many of my topical postings are the result of reading the morning paper, TIME magazine, Scientific American and Free Inquiry.  Today, "Killer Chairs,"  from Sci Am.  The subtitle:  How Desk Jobs Ruin Your Health.

So it is not the chair itself that gets you, it is the lifestyle that you live.  Couch potatoes are especially in trouble, and many are just unlucky enough to be employed in an occupation that practically requires you to mostly sit.  

Here are the facts garnered from 18 studies over the past 16 years, and the findings are shocking:

  • Circulation published a study following 8500 adults for seven years, and those who sat for more tun four hours/day while WATCHING TELEVISION had a 46% increase in deaths, compared to those who "only" watched for two hours/day.
  • Other researchers found that sitting for more than half the day DOUBLES the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular problems.
  • Overall, combining all causes of death, sitters, compared with active individuals, have a 50% greater chance of dying.

What does sitting do to you?
  • slows metabolism
  • reduces the amount of food that is converted to energy
  • instead becoming fat 
  • leading to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and more
One thing you can easily do is walk after a meal, for sitting in a chair or sofa leads to high blood sugar spikes, which can be HALVED with any activity.  People associate weight gain with eating too much, but the larger problem, apparently is sitting too much.  

In other words, you don't need to punish yourself for an hour in a gym three times per week.  Just regularly strolling at less than two miles per hour, and there is a good chance you will be able to get off insulin, lose weight forever.  THE SOLUTION IS SIMPLE MOTION!!!

If you don't want to read Scientific American, here is a short Washington Post article, where the author of the above publication, Dr. James Levine (Mayo Clinic in Arizona), is a co-contributor.  Sitters further have the following ailments:  over productive pancreas, foggy brain, strained neck, sore shoulders/back, colon cancer, muscle degeneration, mushy abs, back disk damage and leg disorders.


Apparently you need to click on that article to get the details.

I can add more benefits.  I walked nine holes at the Ala Wai Golf Course yesterday.  My blood pressure dropped, and I actually slept nine hours last night, straight, without waking up once.  This type of walking dehydrates you to reduce the need to urinate at night.

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Tropical Cyclone Bansi in the India Ocean is strengthening, now at 105 MPH, slated to at least become a Category 4, but still projected to miss Mauritius:



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