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Sitting kills your back.
That’s a bold statement. Is it true?
In 1982, researchers affiliated with the Cooper Institute in Dallas surveyed affluent individuals and their sitting habits.
The study confirmed that people who spent more than 23 hours a week sitting, watching TV or sitting in the office, had a 64% percent greater chance of dying from heart disease. One take-away is that less activity burns fewer calories.
But why does sitting kill your back?
The scoop on disc pressure and pain
If you understand how the discs work between the vertebras of your spine, you will easily understand what happens to your discs when you sit more then 8+ hours per day. Look at this chart below.
We have seen her trim and strong in movies. Then, heavy and her body – large in tabloids. At one point, she joined Jenny Craig as a weight loss spokesperson. After her weight gain, weight loss and weight gain back again, she is in the news regarding her recent weight loss.
Wonder why you’re not seeing the results you want? You’re probably making one (or more) of the following body boo-boos:
Mistake #1: Working out only with machines
Gleaming, high-tech machines make the gym look expensive and high-end. Truthfully, there’s a place in a workout for machines, but NOT when you’re trying to lose weight or burn fat. The problems with machines are that they alter your primal movement patterns. In fact, many of them restrict your range of motion. This is the last thing you need as you get older, because with the years, you lose flexibility, lean muscle tissue and balance. Restricting your range of motion means fewer muscles are activated and this means less fat burning. The limited range of motion also puts more strain on your joints, which can lead to pain and injuries.
Not just in children. When you age, your metabolism changes. It slo-o-o-ws.
After the age of 20, your metabolism slows down 2% every decade. If you are in your 50’s, your metabolism has decreased by 6%. That means your fat burning capacity has diminished as well.
Although you may weigh the same, that doesn’t mean that you have the same body composition. If you weigh the same as you did 20 years ago, it means one of two things:
Your body fat has increased and you have lost lean muscle tissue (meaning you are not active) or your body fat is really the same (meaning you strength train).
Go into any gym and pay attention to the breathing of exercisers. You’ll see people with their mouths open, out of breath and gasping for air.
Let’s step back and analyze proper breathing for exercise.
Activity raises your heart rate and your muscles cells need oxygen, which is exchanged through the lungs. When you increase your activity, it makes sense that you need more oxygen to meet the demands of your working body. And breathing supplies oxygen the needed oxygen.
You have two options to get your oxygen intake. One is through your mouth and the second is through your nose. One would think that there is no difference how oxygen is supplied. Yet there is.
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When it comes to weight loss, longevity and/or a youngevity program half of the battle is getting
started. The other part is to stay on a program.
That’s why I have created the “Look, Learn, Do” Newsletters that correlate with the 14-day
nutritional and exercise programs.
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