A recent study investigated the effects of performing sitting exercises during sessions of prolonged inactivity. The experiment involved 71 participants aged 18 to 25 who were randomly assigned to either perform dynamic sitting exercises at regular intervals or simply remain seated. The exercises included a combination of low back hyperextension and abdominal drawing-in movements performed for one minute every 20 minutes during a two-hour sitting session. At the end of the study, those who were in the sitting group had impaired low back range of motion, while those who exercised experienced increased low back range of motion. The results suggest that dynamic sitting exercises could benefit the backs of those who sit for prolonged periods of time during the workday.
Journal of Physical Therapy Science, November 2015
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Mental Attitude: Is Stress Affecting Your Health?
While stress is a normal part of life, it can negatively affect both your physical and mental health. The Cleveland Clinic suggests you speak with your doctor if you experience a significant decline in your performance at school or work, notice significant anxiety or feel withdrawn and moody, can’t deal with your stress in healthy ways, start abusing drugs or alcohol, worry irrationally, can’t handle daily responsibilities, begin eating erratically, experience increased body aches and pains, notice changes in your eating and sleeping habits, or if you deliberately hurt yourself or others, or have thoughts of suicide.
Cleveland Clinic, January 2016
Diet: Are You Eating Too Much “Healthy” Food?
Researchers have found evidence that when people eat what they consider to be a healthy food, they tend to eat more than the recommended serving size. The researchers warn that consumers should pay attention to the recommended servings size listed on food nutrition labels to avoid consuming excess calories.
Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, December 2015
Wellness/Prevention: Preventing Type 2 Diabetes.
Can adopting a healthy lifestyle dramatically reduce an individual’s odds of developing type 2 diabetes? According to a study called the Diabetes Prevention Program, participants at risk for type 2 diabetes who made intensive lifestyle changes —including eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise—reduced their risk by 58%!
George Washington University, January 2016
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