Friday, February 21, 2014

Are You A Couch Potato?

This blog is based upon a very important study that was just reported by the press. We are excited about this information because it reinforces the principles that we teach in our wellness programs.

Most people assume that they can be as inactive as they want as long as they follow the recommendation of the government and do 150 minutes of moderate activity a week. This is not so.

Researchers have found that it is also important not to spend the rest of your time being a couch potato. The study included 2,286 people age 60 an over. The conclusion was that being sedentary will lead to problems "independent of time spent in moderate or vigorous activity." People who replace even half an hour of sedentary time with 30 minutes of light activity can improve their health.

The bottom line is that a moving body is less likely to get rusty that a sedentary body. Obviously everyone needs and is entitled to some down time. Just do not make it most of the time when you are not exercising.

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