Saturday, May 19, 2018

Vertigo and Rocking Chairs

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Sufferers of vertigo and bouts of dizziness may also benefit from time in a rocking chair. A study by the Baylor College of Medicine in the US found that vestibular rehabilitation therapy, such as rocking chair therapy, can reduce the symptoms of those patients who can’t be treated through surgery.
“The elderly – an increasing proportion of our society – are often prime candidates for vestibular rehabilitation therapy,” study researcher Greg Ator says. “It appears that patients with peripheral vertigo with classical symptoms, especially of an episodic variety, will definitely benefit from a vestibular rehabilitation program.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Too much sitting may thin the part of your brain that's important for memory, study suggests

Too much sitting may thin the part of your brain that's important for memory, study suggests:

The study subjects reported average sitting times of three to 15 hours a day. After adjusting for their subjects' ages, the researchers found that every additional hour of average daily sitting was associated with a 2% decrease in the thickness of the medial temporal lobe.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Two Minute Walk: Key to Longevity

You’ve read that right: the two minute walk can result in a longer life.
What’s the catch? You’ll need to be consistent and accumulate 30 minutes or more of moving time. That’s 15 up-and-about’s throughout the day and evening too. An hour of moving time is even better.
Your goal is to create the accepted 30-minute a day of exercise which as scientists have discovered can be beneficial even when taken in bite-sized bits of activity. 
A recent study found that “Those who moved more often, especially if they managed about an hour in total of physical activity over the course of the day, cut their mortality risk in half… .”
“And it did not matter how they accumulated those minutes. If people walked continuously for five minutes or longer, meaning in exercise bouts, they lowered their risk of dying young.

“But they gained the same benefit if they walked sporadically in short but repeated spurts, as long as they moved often.

“The message is that all physical activity counts,” says Dr. William Kraus, a professor at Duke University who conducted the study with researchers from the National Cancer Institute.

“The little things that people do every day,” like walking from their cars to the office or climbing a flight of stairs, “can and do add up and affect the risk for disease and death,” he says.”

“If you can’t go for a long walk,” he says, “a few short walks are likely to be just as good for you.”

The Two Minute Walk Taken Every 20 Minutes: More Health Benefits
What happens when the two-minute walking break is taken not only consistently but also in a regular pattern? Research shows there’s even more benefit if your efforts are timed, happening every 20 minutes. 
Taking a two-minute walk every 20 minutes re-sets the body’s mechanisms put on hold and under stress by the inactivity of sitting.  Positively impacted are: blood pressure and glucose levels; aching muscles and learning abilities. Lessened are risks for cardio-vascular disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes. 
Then there’s the added benefit: expending more calories as you move more. Consider: whether you’re at the office or at home: a 2 minute walkabout every half hour results in 59 extra calories expended and a 5 minute walkabout every half hour results in an 132 additional calories expended.
Experiencing muscle or joint aches and pains: moving often, taking breaks from sitting of even 30 seconds or one minute every 20 minutes impacts discomfort.
Then consider what happens when you engage in more activity every 20 minutes. Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People, found cultures around the world whose residents live the healthiest and longest are “nudged into physical activity (such as house work, yard work, kitchen work with no mechanized appliances) every 20 minutes, my team estimates. This activity not only burned 500 to 1,000 calories a day; it also kept their metabolisms humming at a high rate.”
Barbara and Kevin Kunz, Un-Sit Your Life

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Study: Standing could trim weight | Albuquerque Journal

Study: Standing could trim weight | Albuquerque Journal

More info:
Take breaks from sitting at work
Taking breaks in sitting at the office expends from 24 to 132 calories during an eight-hour day depending on how much of a break you take each hour: 
  • a 1-minute break every half hour results in the expenditure of an additional 24 calories over an 8-hour time period 
  • a 2-minute break every half hour results in 59 extra calories expended 
  • a 5-minute break every half hour results in an 132 additional calories expended.
Not much you might think but remember: researchers studied the impact of how sedentary jobs impact weight. Using data accumulated since 1970, they found the resulting lessened expenditure of calories to be 100 calories a day—enough to account for a significant portion of the increase in weight gain experienced by women and men in the U. S. over the intervening years.
On other measures, though, the five-minute walks (every hour) were more potent than the concentrated 30-minute version. When the workers rose most often, they reported greater happiness, less fatigue and considerably less craving for food than on either of the other days. Their feelings of vigor also tended to increase throughout the day, while they often had plateaued by early afternoon after walking only once in the morning.

“Reynolds recommends standing for two minutes every 20 minutes while desk-bound — even if you can't move around your office. "That sounds so simple,” one researcher tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "But that actually has profound consequences. If you can stand up every 20 minutes — even if you do nothing else — you change how your body responds physiologically.”

Friday, December 1, 2017

Fun Gifts Kids Love —and Are Even Good for Them

Children opening a gift and going wild with enthusiasm. That’s the gift we want to give, the present the child in our lives will love. 

We recently had that experience. “It’s a hit,” our niece texted us with the video of her two-year old daughter Sofia using the present we’d given her. 

And the best part? The fact that the over-size piano keyboard makes music with the child’s footsteps lured Sofia out of her chair and into motion. Little Sofia loves the movies Troll and Moana as testified by their presence in the background as she watched them over the Thanksgiving holiday. Just like adults tempted to sit too much, children’s health suffers the effects. Their are immediate effects as well as establishing a pattern for a lifetime of sitting. 

The giant piano keyboard is suggested for children over the age of 12 months. It is suggested adults can enjoy it too. Warning: the keyboard does not come with the necessary 4 AA batteries.

This next gift suggestion is something I want for myself —but, unfortnately, it doesn’t come in adult-size.

Music and special effects noises are created by SoundMoovz, a FitBit-type device worn on the wrist, as the child moves, dances or just runs around. It is advertised as “Music by Moooving.” I haven’t seen any videos of them in use but it sounds like a promising fun gift.

It’s intended for children ages 8 or more. While I won’t be buying gift for a child in that age range this year, a friend appreciated the suggestion for the children in her life.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Baby Boomers: Get off the Couch Now Or You May Not Be Able To Later

Move now or you might not be able to later. These are the results of a study that followed a group of people ages 50 to 71 for 8 to 10 years. Those who sat “the most and move the least had more than three times the risk of difficulty walking by the end of the study, when compared to their more active counterparts. … “Some ended up unable to walk at all. The study appears in the current issue of The Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.”

Our advice: get up and move. The study’s authors suggest being up and about every 30 minutes.

Learn more how much and how often to move as well as others health dangers of sitting too much: Un-Sit Your Life

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Americans Walk Less, Weigh More

Is where you live and walking a certain number of steps per day related to obesity? One study shows the answer may be, yes. Researcher David Bassett of the University of Tennessee compared average daily steps to obesity rates in several countries. The findings indicate those in countries with fewer steps have a higher obesity rate: 
  • US: 5,117 average daily steps, 34% obesity rate
  • Australia: 9695 average daily steps, 16% obesity rate
  • Switzerland: 9,650 average daily steps, 8% obesity rate
  • Japan: 7,168 average daily steps, 3% obesity rate

Researcher Bassett notes: “While diet and culture play a role in a nation’s obesity rate, average adults in other countries use public transportation more and rely less on their cars than Americans do.”
“Foreign Exchange,” Women’s Health March 2011, p. 26