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4B Wednesday, Jan. 11,2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter C-FORCE HEALTH AND FITNESS CHUCK NORRIS info@creators.com Q: Chuck, I heard recently that sitting for extended periods of time actually doubles our chances for heart disease. I'm a gamer who loves to lounge after studying with my college buddies. Tell me I don't need to bail out of my beanbag while playing "World of Warcraft." "Lounging at Liberty University" Virginia A: Several months ago, I re- ported on the health benefits of standing up. But the issue bears repeating in light of further medical evidence I read last week. While browsing a report from the Alliance for Natural Health, I learned about a critical study published by the American Heart Associa- tion's journal Circulation that radically ramped up the benefits of standing by revealing the disheartening and detrimental nature of too much sitting. (A 2009 Canadian study yielded the same results.) In particular, the AHA study looked at the effects of the chief of all sedentary activities: watching tele- vision. Those who led the study stated, "We examined the associations of prolonged television viewing time with all-cause, cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer, and non-CVD/noncancer mor- tality" in 8,800 people who were 25 or older. The ANH summarized the results well: "Each extra hour of television watching (the ultimatesitting seden- tary activity) per day was associated with an 18 percent increase in deaths from heart disease and an 11 percent increase in overall mortality. People who watched TV for at least four hours a day were 80 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those who watched two hours or less, and 46 percent more likely to die of any cause." Those are alarming statis- tics and should make any inactive couch potato rise up! The associated concerns lie with our levels of blood glucose, blood lipids and adiposity-- the quality or state of being overweight or obese when we are seden- tary. The ANH explained that in short, sitting makes lipase lipoprotein (fat-processing) molecules slow down. On the other hand, "actively con- tracting the muscles pro- duces a whole suite of sub- stances that have a beneficial effect on how the body uses and stores sugars and fats .... The lipoprotein lipase enzyme grabs fat and choles- terol from the blood, burning the fat into energy while shifting the cholesterol from LDL (the bad kind) to HDL (the healthy kind)." (It appears from this study that even lying down is better than sitting.) What's additionally dis- turbing is that the AHA study's conclusions stood (no pun intended) even re- garding those adults who had balanced diets and met exercise guidelines. Not even vigorous exercise counteracted the health hazards of long periods of sitting, which, a 2006 Univer- sity of Minnesota study concluded, increased by an average of 8 percent from 1980 to 2000 despite the fact that exercise patterns remained the same. So the leaders of the AHA study recommended: "Al- though continued emphasis on current public health guidelines on the importance of moderate- to vigorous- intensity exercise should re- main, our findings suggest that reducing time spent watching television (and possibly other prolonged sedentary behaviors) may al- so be of benefit in preventing CVD andpremature death." Bottom line: Though the human body's systems need rest, we weren't designed to be sedentary. We are more like rivers than we are like ponds; still water builds up all forms of malaise. 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Lengthy amounts of time sitting down are relatively new in the course of human history. Hence, the recommenda- tion of the AHA study isto re- turn to our positional roots. The hazards of sitting and health benefits of standing warrant our lifestyle changes. Looking at the issue of weight gain alone, which itseff can lead to a host of dis- advantages in life, a study. from the University of North Carolina Wilmington found that within eight months of starting sedentary office work, people gained an average of 16 pounds. On the other hand, we burn 60 more calories an hour when stand- ing versus sitting. That's roughly 500 calories for every eight-hour workday. So here are some recom- mendations from the AHA, Marc Hamilton-- a physiolo- gist and professor at the Pennmgton Biomedical Research Center-- and me: --If your physical condi- tion prevents you from stand- ing, check with your health practitioners regarding other alternatives to beactive and aerobic. --Make a resolution this year to stand more daily. Whether it be at peak energy periods or not, you should challenge yourself to stand while recreating or working. Reward yourself with short times of sitting. --If your comfy desk chair or Barcalounger is too tempt- ing, then remove it or replace it. Consider swapping your traditional desk with a waist- high standing one. And ff finances are an issue, use your laptop on a counter, or build up the height of your work space with books. (I even think restaurants and coffeehouses would do a service for the health of humanity ff they offered a few more standing alterna- tives.) --Take br6aks more. Get up and move around, if even for a short stretch. For example, take a drink of water down the corridor. I'm not trying to reduce produc- tivity, but consider that a European Heart Journal study of 5,000 people found that those who took more breaks during the day were 1.6 inches thinner than those who did not, --Redefine exercise as a lifestyle rather than just an activity. Redefine workout to include every portion of your day. Don't just be fit; live fit, --Always stand during certain activities -- for example, when you talk on the phone. Redefine your phone ring; download a ring tone that reminds you to get off your derriere. I don't suppose many people listed standing as a New Year's resolution, but it's not too late to do so. It could save your life. Write to Chuck Norris (info@ creators.com) with questions about health and fitness. 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Valentine's DayI sday, February 14th you can still visit the animals as Friends volunteers will staff the facility on Martin Luther King Jr. Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then again 5:30 - 7 p.m. Please feel free to come by and visit, play, walk and/or adopt a new friend any time the shelter is open or is staffed by Friends volunteers. The latest overcrowding crisis at the shelter is temporarily over thanks to the many kindhearted and loving citizens of our county who adopted and gave 50 animals new homes since Nbv. 7: It is w0nderfult0 see empty cages and kennels and if everyone spays and neuters their animals the nose count at the facility will stay at reasonable levels. So let's all make a New Year's resolution to get those pets altered and to stop creating unwanted animals. Also, if you have lost a cat or dog please come by the shelter and see ff your pet has been released to the facility. Many of the animals are in good condition, seem to have been cared for and may just be lost. We also have some special cases -- good, loving animals that need knowledgeable homes. Cleo is a terrier/dingo/ spitz cross, about3 years old who is active and healthy. She needs an adult home with no children or other pets, as she gets stimulated very easily. She is friendly and devoted to her people -- i ~~: [ the volunteers and staff right ~ :' now and would make " .i, ,~ ~ ..... :: someone a wonderful pet and As alwa s, * [ Quincy i FREE [ We also have two 10-year- 1283-2929 Giftr [ old cats that wound up in the www.quincyhotspot.com I Wrap. See Tales, page 5B Addm is a spayed black female Lab about 13 0~0 years old. Her owner is moving overseas and Addle 0~0 can't go. Let Addie O~e know that 'her' ship's 0~0 come in. 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