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Exercise, Human Evolution and the Brain – more research on the connections! December 27, 2012

Posted by jeffrooney in Brain Health/Body Health, Egoscue, Exercise, Fitness, Posture, Running related.
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My Egoscue colleague from Portland, Matt, posted this interesting article from the NY Times over the past weekend. Take a look:

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS, in the New York Times

“Anyone whose resolve to exercise in 2013 is a bit shaky might want to consider an emerging scientific view of human evolution. It suggests that we are clever today in part because a million years ago, we could outrun and outwalk most other mammals over long distances. Our brains were shaped and sharpened by movement, the idea goes, and we continue to require regular physical activity in order for our brains to function optimally.”

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http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/26/exercise-and-the-ever-smarter-human-brain/?ref=health

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More on the Perils of Sitting – New York Times Article December 2, 2012

Posted by jeffrooney in Egoscue, Posture, Posture Alignment Therapy.
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images-1I just read an article in the health section of the December 2 Sunday NY Times with more to offer on the modern perils of sitting too much. It is called “Taking a Stand for Office Ergonomics”.  The gist of it is that more research is confirming what many instinctively feel is harmful with being stuck in a chair for hours on end. Here is a quote:

“The research comes more from observing the health results of people’s behavior than from discovering the biological and genetic triggers that may be associated with extended sitting. Still, scientists have determined that after an hour or more of sitting, the production of enzymes that burn fat in the body declines by as much as 90 percent. Extended sitting, they add, slows the body’s metabolism of glucose and lowers the levels of good (HDL) cholesterol in the blood. Those are risk factors toward developing heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.”

A solution that has emerged is the now booming industry of ergonomic desks that are adjustable to an upright position allowing the computer user to stand or even walk while working.  I would say that is a positive step.

Of course, I have an additional or even should I say alternate solution ~ exercise for the integrity of your posture.  See my tab “Try These Exercises” on my website http://www.empoweredbodysolutions.com for a short routine to give postural input to your body when sitting too much. It is short enough to do at work if your situation allows. Let me know if it helps

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