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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Can sitting make you sick?

The team asked active men who average 10,000 steps a day to use vehicles and elevators at every chance for two weeks. Then the scientists measured the levels of glucose and fat in their blood. They found that the less active volunteers cleared out these substances from their bloodstream less quickly, a risk factor for diabetes and other chronic diseases.

Says one of the authors, University of Missouri researcher Frank Booth: “Previously, we thought that not exercising just wasn’t healthy, but we didn’t think that a lack of activity could cause disease. That assumption was wrong.” Link
Application: Take the stairs, park your car at the far end of the parking lot, and anything else you can think of to get a move on - err, with the possible exception of going for a run with moi (see below).

Ignore this advice if you don't share my distaste for "chronic diseases".

2 comments:

Scotte Hodel said...

Ok, yesterday we find out that exercising as much as you do is harmful (or at least painful).

Today we find out that not exercising is also harmful.

I need to sit and think about this for a bit.

Mark Swanson said...

Scotte wrote:

"Ok, yesterday we find out that exercising as much as you do is harmful (or at least painful)."

No, it wasn't painful for ME!