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."
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Interesting tidbit from March 2008 Good Housekeeping Magazine page 47:
"Sit Down to Slim Down"
"Before you eat, take a seat...it 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."
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."
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"
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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