A wave of new research indicates that sitting all day is actively damaging your health. By forcing a body designed for movement to hold a crushingly immobile position, sitting strains muscles, slows your metabolism, increases your risk of heart disease, and even shortens your life span. "Sitting is a health hazard on the order of smoking," says Marc Hamilton, PhD, a microbiologist at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
From about the 1st grade on most US schools have kids sitting hours and hours a day. And often physical education or even outdoor recess time are among the first "extras" to go when budgets are tight.
[Or when we teach to the tests.]
Sitting itself is a problem as our metabolism slows to a halt when we sit – and then most of us sit in bad positions posture-wise when we do sit.
Add to this that we sit more than 3 hours a day makes this sitting-issue a double-plus whammy.
Get out of your chair and move around! work while standing and when you sit:
Lately there have been “big” news articles about the downside of taking supplements. I previously wrote about one study regarding older women.
The latest news is that taking calcium supplements may lead to a higher incidence of heart attacks. So it is now suggested that one get calcium through food sources.
My issue with all these studies is that they do not tell you what “supplements” the people were taking. This is important because there are “supplements” and there are supplements!
And the problem with the “food” solution is that food is not food anymore – it’s pink slime, fillers and genetically modified yuk! [yup – my bias is showing]
What can we do to get better nutrition?
Try these tips
For starters, bake your current supplements in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Do the results look like baked food or do your supplements now look black and oozy?
Black and oozy suggests they are made from rocks, petroleum and coal tar. And yes – that is allowed – and is what 95% of supplements in North America are made from!
Read the supplement labels and try pronouncing the words out loud. Do they sound like food words or chemical words?
If the results of Tips 1 and 2 scare you – then try Tip 3
Buy vitamins that are food based! Bodies are made to process foods, not chemicals like the product to your right.
And you always contact me about this product via my Mannatech business site….
And the disclaimer – if you buy any products I mention on my sites or in my blog posts, I am an affiliate, and if you buy from my link – I do make some money.
And so can you!!
Well it’s one thing she was wrong about…seems it is better to slouch – to a degree – actually to about 135 degrees. Saw this article when slouching at the computer – and I had to laugh…guess it’s why my back is fine…
And maybe it is why we see beach chairs as so relaxing?
It probably is not a good thing to constantly be slouched, no mater to what degree – getting up and moving around and varying the degree of “slouchiness” is likely to be better….moving usually beats sitting for long stretches.
So sorry mom – you were wrong and I am glad this is not one myth I passed on to my son..