If you think the title of this post was a little too dramatic, think again. Research has continually proven that sitting actually does take many years off of your life. Even drastically so.
Don’t believe us? Check out these startling statistics revealed by respected scientists and research organizations:
Every hour you sit down and watch TV slices 22 minutes off of your life. (A University of Queensland study on sitting)
If you sit for a total of 11 or more hours daily, your risk of dying within 3 years shoots up a scary 40%. (compared to those who sit for less than 4 hours a day according to a study conducted by Australian researcher and Professor David Dunstan)
Men take on average 7,000 steps per day, women 5,000. (Pedometer researcher Dr. Catrine Tudor-Locke – the globally accepted daily step count for preventing weight gain and staying healthy is 10,000).
These are not pie-in-the-sky numbers. This is hard research, and there is plenty more out there. Since the 1970s health professionals and health care institutions have noticed that modern men and women are standing and walking less, and sitting more. Continue reading
Healthy eating and exercising regularly are the two best things you can do to help you live a long and healthy life. Most of us concerned with our health closely watch what we eat but we don’t always recognize the less obvious signs that we are overtraining. We usually recognize these obvious signs of overtraining: Continue reading
You have probably achieved some of the fitness goals you have set during your life. But you have probably failed to reach certain levels of physical fitness as well, haven’t you? You are the same person, so why did you succeed in one physical endeavor and fail in another? Was it because you were not “mentally tough” when you needed to be? Was your mindset to blame? And if it was, how can you change that?
Dr. Jim Loehr is a globally recognized performance psychologist. He wrote a wonderful book titled Mental Toughness Training for Sports: Achieving Athletic Excellence. In it he discusses and defines mental toughness, revealing that it is made up of the following 7 components:
- attention control
- minimizing negative energy
- increasing positive energy
- maintaining motivation levels
- attitude control
- visual and imagery control
He uses the word energy twice and the word control 3 times in defining the 7 dimensions of mental toughness in physical endeavors. And while the actual meaning of mental toughness may vary from one expert to the next, controlling your energy has a lot to do with your ability to accomplish any physical fitness goals. Continue reading
Many things happen to the body when it doesn’t get enough exercise. Unfortunately, it goes way beyond gaining weight. It’s important to remember that even a little bit of exercise is better than no exercise at all. Continue reading to learn more about the dangers of inactivity. No one is immune!
Mitochondria are energy producing structures, which live in the cells of body tissues, organs and muscles. These amazing little structures need carbohydrates and oxygen to work properly. Since mitochondria are required for all bodily functions and movement, you definitely can’t live without them. Continue reading
It can be tough to stay motivated and on track with your workout plans. You see the perfect bodies at the gym. In the checkout line at the supermarket the fitness magazines show impossibly toned and ripped cover men and women. You look in the mirror and don’t see much, if any, results of all your hard work. So it’s understandable that you are thinking of throwing in the towel and giving up on getting in shape.
You may be stronger and more fit than you think. Changes taking place inside you may be paying off your exercise efforts. The outward results might just be subtle, instead of noticeable. The following are not-so-obvious signs that your workouts are working, and that visual proof of a stronger, leaner, fitter you are just around the corner. Continue reading
New Year’s Resolutions are famously difficult to keep. Every year thousands of people promise themselves that they are going to give up smoking, get in better shape or finally get around to going on a diet and every year thousands of people fail to follow through. Well this year you are going to have some help.
We are giving you five tips to ensure that no matter what health-related New Year’s resolution you make you will have the greatest possible chance of seeing it through. But be warned, some of these tips are pretty intense and they are certainly not for the week-hearted! Continue reading
Fitbit built a reputation as a provider of quality wrist fitness monitors, but with the Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch they have made the jump to full on smartwatch. Compatible with over 120 smartphones via Bluetooth technology, the Surge is not just any smartwatch, but a fitness super watch.
Boasting features such as constant heart rate monitoring, built in GPS, automatic sleep detection and a silent alarm, the Fitbit Surge serves a dual purpose. On one hand, it works as a functional smartwatch that can keep you connected with your phone, notify you of calls and texts and even control your music.
On the other hand, the Surge allows you to set workout goals and monitor your progress. In this way, the Fitbit Surge gives users real time information that makes workouts both more rewarding and more efficient. Continue reading
The folks over at Standee are on a mission to change the way we live our day to day lives. According to them, we are in the middle of an epidemic that is only getting worse. And what is that epidemic? We’re all sitting down too much.
Many workers spend the majority of their day sitting at a desk or table, often using equipment that has not been ergonomically designed to suit needs. Extended periods of sitting down are proven to affect circulation, joints and posture. The Standee designers have come up with a simple solution – standing up.
In conjunction with their bamboo standing desks that sit neatly on top of a standard desk, they have released the Standee Anti Fatigue Mat. Standing might be better for your health than sitting, but it’s important that you’re standing on the right surfaces. Enter the Standee Anti Fatigue Mat – a cushioned polyurethane standing mat that combines comfort with performance. Continue reading
Firmly aimed at people who are looking to fit an exercise schedule in to their everyday routines, desk exercise bikes are quickly becoming one of the most popular exercise machines on the market. The concept is simple. The desk exercise bike sits underneath your desk at your feet, and you pedal away at your chosen speed and resistance level. While there are many of these bikes on the market, the DeskCycle by 3D Innovations remains one of the most popular, and with good reason.
The DeskCycle is a well-built, sturdy desk exercise bike with 8 resistance levels available and a display screen that shows one of speed, distance, calories burned, time, or cycles through all four. With so many desk exercise bikes on the market, what makes the DeskCycle stand out? Continue reading
It comes as no surprise to anyone to hear that almost 90% of Americans suffer from back pain. The problem has become so common that it is accepted as a part of life. And yet it’s not a problem for everyone. Would it surprise you to know that there places in the world where the reported percentage of back pain sufferers is only 5%?
It certainly surprised Esther Gokhale, and lead to a long search and discovery mission to find out why is it that some nations are so overwhelmingly prone to chronic back pain issues. This searching journey took Esther to some of the most rural locations in Brail, Portugal and Burkina Faso, and Esther found her answers.
Features of 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back: Natural Posture Solutions for Pain in the Back, Neck, Shoulder, Hip, Knee, and Foot
Author: Esther Gokhale
Length: 244 pages
Publisher: Pendo Press, April 2008 Continue reading
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