Is Sitting the New Smoking? Sitting in front of the TV is not healthy
Aging & Health

Sitting – The New Smoking?

Dr. James Levine, the director of the Mayo Clinic at Arizona State University says that “Sitting is the new smoking“. Smoking, once a popular activity, was not recognized as the extreme health danger it was, until many years later. And now sitting may be in the same category. At first, this sounds ridiculous. But there’s a bevy of studies backing this statement up – and a possible logical explanation for why sitting for long duration is unhealthy. First, we’ll spoil some of the surprise – it’s not sitting in particular, but extreme sedentary habits that seem to be the risk factor. Secondly, it appears that being sedentary all day, then hitting the gym is not an effective solution. The extended [Read more …]

Proper sleep is required for fitness and health. Sleep deprivation and insomnia are associated with a number of serious health risks.
Aging & Health

The Importance of Sleep for Health

Everybody needs sleep. But did you know that a lack of proper sleep can increase the risk of diabetes and other risks? Having good sleep habits is also known as sleep hygiene. The Physical Effects of Not Getting Enough Sleep You probably know that if you miss too much sleep you feel tired the next day. That’s obvious, but what is less obvious is the impact on your hormonal systems that can also occur. Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes If you are chronically missing too much sleep, you are raising your risk for Type 2 Diabetes. How does this happen? Through research, it has been shown that not getting enough sleep (for example only 4 hours a night or [Read more …]

Sunset at Barbell Beach
Aging & Health

The Top 5 Reasons You Should Be Fit At Midlife

Are you Fit At Midlife? Here’s the top 5 reasons you should strive to be. Reason #1 – Diabetes is at an all time high A recent Gallup report shows that in the US diabetes is at an all time high. Despite the greatest awareness of Type 2 Diabetes in recent times, the rates are still rising? Why? Reason #2 – Being Fit At Midlife Seems To Reduce Cancer Risk Later A recent study shows that being fit at midlife reduces the risk of developing certain types of cancer. What’s more, it also appears to reduce the risk of dying from other types of cancer. Reason #3 – Fitness – The Fountain of Youth? According to this recent study High [Read more …]