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I came across this article in NPR. It highlights the “hazards” of our sedentary lifestyle. The take away, movement–any movement–at regular intervals is extremely positive for our health.
Yogic movement is perhaps the most efficient use of time, since it incorporates breath and movement. Many of us, including our children are bound to desks, injecting movement into our daily routines is really critical to long term health. Here are a few exercises from Yoga for Small Spaces are that are great to counter the affects of sitting.
Yes, exercise is good for you. This we know. Heaps of evidence point to the countless benefits of regular physical activity. Federal health officials recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, like brisk walking, every day.
Studies show that when you adhere to an exercise regimen, you can improve your cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure and improve metabolism and levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. You can reduce diabetes risk and the risk of certain cancers. And, finally, exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight, which can boost all of these benefits even more.
But now, researchers are beginning to suspect that even if you engage in regular exercise daily, it may not be enough to counteract the effects of too much sitting during the rest of the day.
Epidemiologist Steven Blair, a professor of public health at the University of South Carolina, has spent 40 years investigating physical activity and health.
“Let’s say you do 30 minutes of walking five days a week (as recommended by federal health officials), and let’s say you sleep for eight hours,” Blair says. “Well, that still leaves 15.5 hours” in the day.
Many of us, he points out, have sedentary jobs and engage in sedentary activities after work, like watching television or sitting around a dinner table talking. When you add it all up, Blair says, “it’s a lot more sitting than moving.”
Blair recently headed a study at the University of South Carolina that looked at adult men and their risk of dying from heart disease. He calculated how much time the men spent sitting — in their cars, at their desks, in front of the TV.
“Those who were sitting more were substantially more likely to die,” Blair says.
Specifically, he found that men who reported more than 23 hours a week of sedentary activity had a 64 percent greater risk of dying from heart disease than those who reported less than 11 hours a week of sedentary activity. And many of these men routinely exercised. Blair says scientists are just beginning to learn about the risks of a mostly sedentary day.
“If you’re sitting, your muscles are not contracting, perhaps except to type. But the big muscles, like in your legs and back, are sitting there pretty quietly,” Blair says. And because the major muscles aren’t moving, metabolism slows down.
“We’re finding that people who sit more have less desirable levels” of cholesterol, blood sugar, triglycerides and even waist size, he says, which increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease and a number of health problems. . . . To read the complete article, along with movement tips, click here.
Original Source: NPR
Here’s is a really great presentation, by Dr. Heather Bilton, Ed. D. , NBCT, on the importance of developmentally-appropriate movement experiences in young children. Dr. Bilton’s presentation, Shake, Shake, Shake and Relax…, focuses on options to increase gross motor development, coordination, balance, and relaxation for children.
We are greatly appreciative that Dr. Bilton shared this presentation with Addriya and that she included some of the Learn With Yoga flash cards in her talk.