Advice from the Blue Zones: Avoid the Sitting Disease

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Bea Boomer’s Vital Aging Project – Day 65– 6/8/15

Yes, I know I’ve talked about the sitting disease before, but it bears repeating! 

In Sardinia, Italy, walking is a regular part of people’s lives.  In Okinawa, most people are not only avid walkers, but gardeners as well.  In the Nicoya Peninsula, people take pleasure in physical labor throughout their lives.  In the Greek Island of Ikaria, even the elderly walk, bicycle, or work daily in their gardens.  These are some of the “blue zones” of the world, where people regularly live to be 100+, as well as avoiding age-related illnesses and dementia.  These people are natural movers.  Their living environment encourages this regular physical activity.

What a stark contrast to our sedentary lifestyles in most of the United States!  The “sitting disease” is alive and well here; too much sitting causes obesity, along with higher risks for heart attacks, diabetes and other chronic illnesses, (all of which can lead to an earlier death).

Additionally, according to research discussed in this article from Medical News Today, exercise alone may not be able to counteract the effects of the sitting disease.  Along with a regular exercise routine, we also need to get up off our butts, stand up and walk around periodically. All it takes is from one to three minutes of standing up and moving around every 30 minutes.  Check out this Harvard Health article to find out more about the sitting disease, along with related posts about exercise and fitness.  

Take a stand against the sitting disease at the Just Stand website! 

4 Ways to Combat Sitting Disease 

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How to Avoid the “Sitting Disease”

Bea’s Wellness Project – Day 11– 1/28/15

Ever hear about the sitting disease? Sitting to long on our “assets” is dangerous for our health. Researchers have found that those of us who sit for 6 hours or longer each day have a much higher risk of obesity, heart diseases and type 2 diabetes.

The remedy for this sitting epidemic? Get up off of that couch, click off the television, and take a walk, a run, or sign up for an fun fitness class; pick up some weights and build up those muscles. Get your kids and hubby off the couch, too. The options for family fitness are endless: fun runs/walks in your community, playing an outdoor game with your kids, roller blading at a local park, going for a swim in your local community center, ice skating, and so much more. . .

Family sitting on bikes on path smiling This family can’t wait until spring!

You can read more about how to cure the sitting diseases in this article.

Other cool family exercise ideas:

Exercise before Eating keeps families fit for the holidays

Promoting Active Families