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Sedentary Sitting

June 2nd is National Health and Fitness Day. Since this is a Saturday it shouldn’t be too hard to add some physical activity and healthy eating to your weekend. Some of us may use this as an opportunity to make up for the lack of physical activity during the week from desk jobs and/or lengthy commutes. Unfortunately, the research shows that regular physical activity does not negate long periods of sitting. One paper analyzed 47 different studies to determine the association of sitting with various health problems. They found that long periods of sitting increase the risk of premature death, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer (1). Regular exercise may help decrease the risk

Highway to the Danger Zone

The month of May is hypertension awareness month. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is symptomless and can cause dementia, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and vision loss. Only 50% of people are aware they have hypertension. Most people are encouraged to ‘check your blood pressure numbers regularly’ whether it is at home, at a clinic, a pharmacy or elsewhere. What do those numbers even mean? How do those numbers affect your health? Blood pressure is the force (pressure) of circulating blood on the walls of arteries. Blood pressure rises and falls during the day. When blood pressure stays elevated over time, it is called high blood pressure. High blood pressure is dangerous because it

# Strong ... Become Antifragile

Fragile items break when exposed to stress. One would assume that the opposite of fragile would be an item that does not break (it stays the same) under stress. However, philosopher and author Nassim Nicholas Taleb says that the opposite of fragile is when you get stronger from stress; something he calls antifragile. The human body is capable of developing this quality as it adapts to the stresses it is given. Our physical and mental being can become antifragile. Bones and muscles get stronger when we use them. Medications to prevent osteoporosis do not work unless we do weight bearing or resistance exercises to induce Wolf’s Law (bones get stronger when challenged with force). Muscles get s