Did you know if your lifestyle is primarily sedentary (a lifestyle of no or irregular physical activity – you know…bed, shower, couch, desk, couch, bathroom, couch…), your metabolism just stops? The same thing happens when you slam the brakes on the car (or abruptly squeeze the wrong brake on the mountain bike).

James A. Levin, MD, PHD, (professor of medicine at Mayo) says the moment you go from walking slowly to sitting, your active calorie-burn rate (those calories burned when one’s body is at rest) drops from 3 to 1 per minute (I am certain I hit a historical low with negative numbers). At the same time, your triglyceride & blood sugar levels rise. Sitting for hours day after day after day after day reduces the levels of your “good” cholesterol (aka HDL), and your body packs on the pounds. The pounds aren’t sole effect: heart disease, diabetes, various cancers, longevity of life (or lack thereof), and your family are all at risk.

Dr. Levine came up with a program called NEAT (nonexercise activity thermogenesis…I like the anagram better). It’s super simple. NEAT forces you to rethink all of your habits and find new, more active ways to get through your day. Dr. Levine says if you move enough, you could offset the danger of sitting all of the time.

Nothing will ever take the place of a challenging workout. But if your lifestyle is one that barely moves, get up & wiggle it…just a little bit. You might be surprised what happens!

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  1. Gi says:

    ok ok…..I will 🙂

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