Posts Tagged ‘fitness’


Thursday, October 25th, 2012

I’m reprinting here an earlier blog, in response to headlines I read yesterday from Gretchen Reynolds of the New York Times (see her article at “You May Want to Stand Up For This: Sitting is Bad”, and “Get Up. Get Out. Don’t Sit.” In other words, the research first emerging in 2005 continues to be reinforced in many subsequent studies. I think it’s good news–sitting less seems a reasonable and reachable goal–and one that has clear payoffs in health and weight.

“Sitting = Death”. This headline delivers a bit of a jolt. The story that it introduced, though, simply reported another study of what I call “incidental exercise” in the EatSanely workbook Others have used the term “non-exercise activity”. What these studies show is that heavy-duty exercise is not the only factor in the exercise-weight equation. The relationship between exercise and weight, in fact, proves much more complicated than previously thought. How much you move, day in and day out, even without planned “exercise”, affects your weight in significant ways. (more…)