sedentary lifestyle

We’ve written about the importance of physical activity in maintaining health (for example here) at various times in the past. Most of the studies of activity have relied on people’s own reporting of what types of activity they typically perform, and conversely how much time they spend being inactive (TV watching, or computer working, for example). A new study just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, however, takes much of the guesswork out of such research because the participants wore accelerometers. These devices tabulated activity counts over 1-minute periods, thus...

Full Disclosure: Before five minutes ago, I was unsure what teams made it into the upcoming Super Bowl. I mean, if one of them isn’t the Eagles, then my attention span plummets to nonexistent.

But, being that “THE” game is apolitical and topical, what better way to contribute some semblance of expertise than through analysis of the ads and how they may or may not reflect the health interests and possible status of the audience? 

Given that the ads are my favorite part of the event anyway, they will be the focus.  Because they are the focus of a lot of people, the ads have become a cultural phenomenon, and so there is real investment in being entertaining. It sometimes makes or breaks companies for the year so they want to appeal even to those not captivated by...

Couple walking outdoors with walking stickAmericans have an obsession with sports. We flock by the thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands, to see our favorite team play on their home turf. We cram into living rooms and bars to watch the games when we can t be there in person. We discuss them obsessively with our fellow fans and listen to the talking heads dissect them ad nauseum on the radio and TV. From Baseball to Football and from Junior High School in many places to College to the Pros we are obsessed with sports. The problem is we seem to be only obsessed with watching sports, because when it comes to actually being active...

Back Wooden ChairWe ve noted before that sitting for extended periods of time is bad for health. Now a new study just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine adds some support to earlier work in this area.

Dr. David A. Alter of the University of Toronto and colleagues performed a meta-analyses a virtual method that mathematically combines results from previous studies to determine the...

141948851According to questionnaires administered by the World Health Organization, about 1.5 billion people or 31 percent of the world s population is sedentary, meaning they do not get the 150 minutes of walking or other moderate activity each week. And more than 80 percent of teenagers do not get the recommended amount of activity. A new study conducted by researchers at Iowa State University in Ames found...

641177_97982899You may want to stand up before you read this. Sitting all day, whether at work or watching TV, is not so good for you, even if you also exercise regularly. In fact, sitting all day negates some of the beneficial effects of exercise. According to Michael Perko, a professor at UNC-Greensboro whose focus is on how to create better work environments so that employees can engage in physical activity, When we sit for long periods of time, the enzymes responsible for burning fat shut down. Sitting too much can lower good...