We have been busy away creating a new course on Lifestyle Medicine which will be released shortly. It is called; 'Lifestyle Medicine for Clinicians: Course 2.'
We've kept the title simple! So as not to be confused with the course currently on our website which we will now refer to as Course 1.
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It has been good to focus on this course while lockdown restrictions have been in place. It has meant more time sitting down though, and I suspect a lot of people have ended up sitting more, either because they are working more, or with dark nights drawing in and gyms and excercise classes of limits many of us just end up slipping into these bad habits. So I've been reminding myself to get up and do some desk yoga, although I cant get used to standing while typing! ( yes I admit, am sitting down as I write this!)
Speaking of which a great article in New Scientist this looked at how we sit July 20
In 2012 I-Min Lee published her landmark paper in the Lancet which concluded that prolonged periods of inactivity killed more than 5 million people each year globally.
So why is resting so bad? Given other mammals spend their winters in hibernation and our evolutionary cousins, the great apes, spend hours each day sitting and lying about... why can't we? The Hadza community spend a lot of time resting, but sitting doesn't make them ill.
Hamilton's rat study, later supported by human studies demonstrate elevated triglyceride levels from prolonged sitting.
😁 But breaking this inactivity up with light activity, triglyceride levels dropped by over a third.
So going back to the Hadza community, Professor's Pontzer and Raichlen found that the Hazda's rest periods of 10 hours a day were identical to people in the US, Netherlands and Australia. However blood and blood pressure profiles were extremely healthy with low triglyceride levels.
The big difference was in how they sat rather than how long. They would sit in the squat or kneeling position. This uses 5 to 10 times as much muscle activity in the legs than sitting in a chair.
So tips for us ...
Move about in between being at your desk or on the couch.
Try squatting, kneeling or sitting cross-legged when on your computer / netflix. Give it a go!