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March 31, 2010



Evidently another tactic is to minimize time spent sitting in a chair! I follow numerous blogs so I'm not sure if you mentioned the following article in an earlier post:

The Healthy Librarian

Thanks Lora,

I LOVE this research! Never had a chance to blog about it, though, so thanks for pointing it out.

"The study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation -listen to this: It found that for every hour of daily TV time, that correlated with an 18 percent increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease. But it isn't just heart disease. Each hour of couch potato-ing was linked with an 11 percent risk from death from all causes."

Guess what? Reading is just as bad as watching TV!

Read Ira Flatow's (NPR Science Friday) terrific interview with Dr. Dunstan


I've become a big fan of interval training since reading "Spark:The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain" by John Ratey, M.D.

This book was endorsed and read by our community, my health club and the local high school. He talks about the importance of pushing yourself as hard as you can for at least 30 second intervals during exercise, and I've been able to incorporate this into my cycling and pool fitness classes.

There's an interesting YouTube lecture by Dr Ratey online, as well as some interesting links on his website.



Another great way to get a cardio workout is circuit training. This is a workout where you move from one strength exercise to another quickly so that the heart rate stays elevated. Less is lifted at each exercise, but you build strength without sitting down on a stationary bicycle. (And not sitting down is one of my favorite topics!)
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Cynthia Bailey MD

You present a great overview of the exercise options and their probable outcomes for our weight management with age. 60 minutes a day would be a wonderful goal, especially after retirement when we may have more freedom with our schedules. Until then, it's interval training for me. I aim for 3 sessions per week of 50 min. cardio. with interval variations. It's really helped me to maintain my weight over the years. When I slack off, the belly blossoms.
Thanks for another great post,
Cynthia Bailey MD


what the study and author didn't suggest and they should have is that women or anyone for that matter can maintain or lose weight by EATING LESS! sure exercise is imperative for muscle maintenance and metabolism, but most people eat too much in the way of calories anyway. and how can a very old person keep up with an hour of exercise daily? its not realistic! I see dozens of people spending large money on personal trainers and gym memberships and they don't see results. one woman I work with paid 8 grand and spent 6 months killing herself at the gym when all she had to do was eat smaller balanced meals and lower her calorie count and she's have lost weight and fat! I did it myself. lost 120 lbs, reversed diabetes, and have maintained my weight without killing myself at the gym. I do 20 minutes power walk or hiit intervals daily. never miss a day. but never more than 20 minutes. workout hard. do it fast. eat less. live long!

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