Jul 27

Two hours of sitting effectively negates 20 minutes of exercise (Natural News, July 26, 2014):

Sitting down for two straight hours and doing nothing might negate the benefits of a daily 20-minute exercise routine. Idle behavior throughout the day could make an exercise routine worthless in the end. A study from the UT Southwestern Medical Center shows how sedentary behaviors lower cardio respiratory fitness levels.

This might be a concern for those who sit most of the day doing their job or for those who sit routinely in front of the television in the evening. The cardiologists spearheading this study showed that sitting for long periods causes fitness levels to plummet, but they did not investigate ways to offset idle behavior by strengthening the circulatory system through dietary measures. Continue reading »

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Aug 12

(NaturalNews) A moderate increase in fitness level can decrease a man’s risk of dying by between 50 and 70 percent, according to a study conducted by the Exercise Testing and Research Lab at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, and published in the journal Circulation.

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“It is important to emphasize that it takes relatively moderate levels of physical activity – like brisk walking – to attain the associated health benefits,” said researcher Peter Kokkinos. “Certainly, one does not need to be a marathon runner. This is the message that we need to convey to the public.”

Researchers studied more than 15,000 male U.S. veterans, 6,749 black and 8,911 white. The men had been given standardized treadmill tests, in which they were encouraged to walk until they were tired, then monitored for an average of 7.5 years each.

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