Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sitting on your ass is dangerous to your health

Sometimes I come across things in my work that shake me up. It's not always climate related. Despite knowing some great-calamity-affecting-all-humanity is coming, these days out selfish narcissism, I pay more attention to the smaller disasters directly affecting me.

I just finished a health article on sarcopenia. This is a condition of severe muscle wasting and loss of strength. Everyone experiences some muscle loss while ageing -- it's part of the whole mortality routine. Loose a little too much though and --BOOM -- you have sarcopenia, a predecessor to diabetes and frailty syndrome. Frailty syndrome is when you turn into a little old lady who falls over a lot, can't open her own jar of pickles, wipe her own ass or pick up the mail. It's off the the nursing home when this happens.

The main cause of sarcopenia: sitting on your ass. The preventive cure: exercise! Resistance training and weight lifting. You don't even have to exercise all that long. Apparently five minutes of jogging can undo the damage sitting writing your blog for hours on end.

“Our study showed that only fairly small doses of running were needed to produce these profound benefits," said study co-author Dr. Carl Lavie, medical director of preventive cardiology at the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute in New Orleans.

The 10 minute miles can save my muscles. Gotta go for my five-minute life saving jog -- maybe I'll carry the dog so I can combine some weight training as well. Bye.