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Sitting Kills, Moving Heals

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Most of the little clips I post are from old magazine or newspaper articles. Sometimes from emails. This one, however, was posted today by Dr. Mercola. I printed the entire article for a friend who has no internet..and spends much of her day in a recliner or wheelchair. BUT..I think this info is important enough to share...for myself and for everyone else. You can visit Dr. Mercola's website to locate the entire article.

Here is the "Story at-a-glance"

"Sitting for extended periods of time is an independent risk factor for poor health and premature death. Even if you are very fit, if you uninterruptedly sit for a great percentage of the time, you're still at an increased risk of dying prematurely.

"Research by the NASA scientist responsible for monitoring the astronauts, shows your body declines rapidly when sitting for long periods.

"Simply standing up over 30 times a day is a powerful antidote to long periods of sitting and is more effective than walking.

"There are virtually unlimited opportuities for movement throughout the day, from doing housework or gardening, to cooking and even just standing up every 10 minutes.

"It's not how manyhours of sitting that's bad for you, it's how often you interrupt that sitting that is GOOD for you."

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CLAUDEM1 6/25/2013 12:30PM

    Interesting. My daughter has been encouraging me to stand whenever possible. When she is on the phone, she paces... getting as much movement in her day as possible. I have been making more of an effort. I spend quite a bit of time sitting at my desk correcting work or at the computer, but I have been trying to get up every 20 min. or so to move around. It helps my joints a lot when I do.


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CINA-MINI 6/24/2013 1:33PM

    I will be sharing this with DH. He and DS SIT MOST of the day. He is in the car more often than not. When he is at an appt., he will stand the entire time, but he spends literally hours driving each day.

Good to know. Thanks for sharing!

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CELEST 6/24/2013 8:52AM

    So the trick is not to be annoyed when you get interrupted, rather have a smile on your face.

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NANA2PRINCESSES 6/24/2013 7:56AM

    DS#1 is a great fan of Dr. Mercola. Unfortunately his job involves sitting in front of a computer all day. Hopefully he stands up frequently. Thanks for more good info.

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TATTER3 6/24/2013 6:46AM

    Gotta get up!!

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SUNNYWBL 6/24/2013 1:50AM

    "It's not how many hours of sitting that's bad for you, it's how often you interrupt that sitting that is GOOD for you."

Thanks for the info and the great quote!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/23/2013 7:31PM

    That's great news, thanks!

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LALMEIDA 6/23/2013 4:53PM

  emoticon Good to know!

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Sit to Slim

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Interesting tidbit from March 2008 Good Housekeeping Magazine page 47:

"Sit Down to Slim Down"

"Before you eat, take a may help you shed pounds. Researchers at the University of Toronto fed two groups a meal with the same number of calories: The first had lunch at a table (complete with linens); the second ate while standing at a kitchen counter. The big surprise? The standers ate 75 % more at their next meal."

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CINA-MINI 6/26/2013 2:28PM

    Very interesting! I try my best to sit, even if it's at my desk. I carefully chew each bite too. I try to get full before my meal is gone.

Great info. Thanks for sharing.

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CLAUDEM1 6/25/2013 12:40PM

    Really? I'm going to talk to Rick about that. He likes to eat standing at the counter whenever he makes a sandwich for lunch, or has a quick breakfast. Very interesting.


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SUNNYWBL 6/23/2013 5:29PM

    I ought to sit down to eat more often. For me, logging my food has the same good effect.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/22/2013 10:34PM

    Wow, I never knew that. I rarely if ever eat standing.

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CELEST 6/22/2013 1:50PM

    My word, I wouldn't have known that??? Just goes to show. I did read once that people who eat in their car while driving, eat more than those at a table, so maybe the table is the place to eat after all.

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TATTER3 6/22/2013 12:18PM

    Not sure....I plan out my meals and don't graze...but if I were'nt watching, it would be 175%more!!!

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NANA2PRINCESSES 6/22/2013 7:44AM

    I believe this to be true. I also live alone, but try and sit for my meals. This summer have been using the outside table as weather permits. Thanks for the info.

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KKKAREN 6/22/2013 7:40AM

    That does sound interesting. I live alone and stand at the kitchen counter most nights for dinner, I'll try it the other way.

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4 minutes to stronger muscles

Friday, June 21, 2013

I am cleaning out stacks of paper and old magazines..but I often reread things before moving them out. This afternoon I found this article in a Good Housekeeping magazine page 42 March 2008.

"4 Minutes to Stronger Muscles"

"Stretching not only makes you more limber, it also makes your muscles stronger, reports a new study from Brazil. When a group of young adults were guided through stretches designed to lengthen tight muscles in the backs of their thighs (the hamstrings), both their back and front thigh muscles became up to 12 percent stronger. "Stretch the muscle groups that you use in your workout,' advises Luci F. Teixeira-Salmela, Ph.D., of the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, who adds that limbering up is even more important as people get older and lose flexibility. To do the hamstring stretch that researchers used in the study, stand up and - keepin gyour legs straight- place one food on a table or bench high enough that you feel a stretch in the back of your thigh. Hold 30 seconds; do four times on each side."

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CINA-MINI 6/26/2013 2:31PM

    I have always been careful about stretching. I have read several different things saying that I need to hold the stretch for longer. According to this, 30 seconds on each side 4 times sounds good. I am going to try it.

Thanks for sharing!

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CLAUDEM1 6/25/2013 12:41PM

    I definitely need to stretch more.


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TATTER3 6/22/2013 12:22PM

    Love these articles you find!!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/21/2013 10:56PM

    Interesting, thanks.

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Dust If You Must

Monday, May 27, 2013

This thinking fits in well, in my opinion, with living a Sparker's life! A friend posted it on Facebook. I LIKE it.

Dust If You Must

"Dust if you must.
But wouldn’t it be better,
To paint a picture, or write a letter,
Bake a cake, or plant a seed?
Ponder the difference between want and need.

Dust if you must.
But there is not much time
With rivers to swim and mountains to climb!
Music to hear, and books to read,
Friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must.
But the world’s out there
With the sun in your eyes,
the wind in your hair,
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain.
This day will not come round again.

Dust if you must.
But bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go, and go you must,
You, yourself, will make more dust.

- – - written by Mrs. Rose Milligan"

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BLAYNESGAMMY 5/31/2013 12:07AM

    emoticon I like this

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CLAUDEM1 5/29/2013 12:21PM

    Loved the poem. She's a good writer.

Claude xo

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TATTER3 5/28/2013 6:31PM

    Tonight I shall not dust!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/27/2013 10:42PM

    Love it, I should dust more often though emoticon

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GAILRUU 5/27/2013 5:45PM

    There is so much to do besides housework! Still, I do enjoy an organized living space.

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CELEST 5/27/2013 3:25PM

    I LOVE IT. I dust, but not compulsively. I dust to make sure we dont expire from anything and then I have a whole lot of fun, I spend time with people and working on my spiritual life. Excellent.

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    Thank you for sharing, i needed this today.

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CINA-MINI 5/27/2013 2:44PM

    Very cute! And so true!

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"Apricots Save the Day"

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Another post from March 2005 Better Homes & Gardens magazine, page 232.

"Better Homes and Gardens reader Edith V. Williamson of Lehigh Acres, Florida, wrote to tell us about her secret food for preventing cramps: apricots. She says she used to wake up at night suffering from severe leg and foot cramps, but after eating sun-dried apricots every few days, the cramps didn't come back.

"Apricots are rich in magnesium, which along with sodium, potassium, and calcium are vital electrolytes that keep your muscles working correctly and prevent cramping.

"The water she drank while snacking also gets cramp-busting credit, says Ed Ryan, director of sports medicine for the U.S. Olympic Committee. Without enough fluids, muscles can contract and seize, creating painful cramps. When properly hydrated, muscles contract only as much as needed.

"To ensure you're properly hydrated, on your next bathroom break, check to see if your urine is clear to straw-color. The darker the color, the more dehydrated you are and more likely your muscles will be to cramp. -Doug Donaldson"

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TATTER3 5/27/2013 12:30AM

    emoticon good info

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/26/2013 10:19PM

    I have a package of dries apricots, I'll try them. Need to finish it off anyway. Thanks.

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BOOKWERME 5/26/2013 4:32PM

    I wasn't sure that the clipping meant that apricots supply ALL the minerals I tried to check. Don't know if this will work. Potassium is by far the largest amount present in apricots. Calcium, Magnesium and sodium are all present in lesser amounts.

unts Per Selected Serving %DV
Calcium 71.5 mg 7%
Iron 3.5 mg 19%
Magnesium 41.6 mg 10%
Phosphorus 92.3 mg 9%
Potassium 1511 mg 43%
Sodium 13.0 mg 1%
Zinc 0.5 mg 3%
Copper 0.4 mg 22%
Manganese 0.3 mg 15%

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CELEST 5/26/2013 1:46PM

    Excellent. Magnesium, calcium and potassium can be hard to get enough of if the diet isn't super healthy. Great idea about apricots.

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JACKIE542 5/26/2013 11:37AM

    I never eat our Apricots, and we have a tree, just loaded with them, after reading your blog, I will start eating them. emoticon

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DOLLFACEDX 5/26/2013 10:42AM

    Never thought of magnesium - thx for sharing.

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EWL978 5/26/2013 10:41AM

    I LOVE apricots.... wonder if cooking them decreases their value....I'll have to check it out!!

Thanx for the info....keep on keeping on!!

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