sedentary lifestyle

  1. Standing up is staying fit

    The only workout you really need

    Ever hear gym ninnies play the injury game?

    That's when they try to outdo each other with tales of all the ways they've been hurt during exercise. Always ends the same way, too -- with them showing off surgery scars.

    And they call that fitness? No thank you!

    REAL fitness is all gain, and no pain -- because it's not about doing things that could hurt you. It's about just getting off your butt and on your feet throughout the day.

    New research shows how just standing up alone can help you to lose weight and improve circulation. Three hours of standing a day can burn 144 calories, or enough to shave 8 pounds of your middle over the course of a year, according to the study from Chester University.

    This will surprise the gym hamsters who are shelling out $99 a month for the privilege of using someone else's treadmill. But it won't surprise anyone who's been reading the research -- because studies have shown that gym exercise by itself doesn't lead to better health or even weight loss.

    If you're sedentary all day, a daily sweat session won't undo the damage. That's a fact. And if you're not sedentary, you have no reason to pay $99 for that gym membership in the first place.

    So if you belong to a gym yourself, it's time to ask for a refund -- and time to start keeping yourself fit the right way. Along with standing, just make sure you get some ordinary movements throughout the day and take up a hobby that'll get you outside.

    Throw in a healthy eating plan, and you'll be in the best shape of your life -- but there's a downside to it.

    You'll lose the injury game every time.

  2. Plastics chemical in diabetes link

    I've warned you plenty about the risks of phthalate exposure for kids: These hormone-like chemicals used in plastics, cosmetics, scented candles, and more cause everything from bad behavior to developmental problems.

    And if you have a boy but wish "he" was a "she," just light the candles and let him inhale -- because phthalates mimic estrogen in the body. It's one of the main reasons boys are growing up to be sissies, complete with their own set of breasts.

    But forget the kids, because today I want to talk about how these chemicals can ruin YOU, starting with a dramatic boost in your risk of diabetes.

    I'm sure most people don't need much help in that department, thanks to the one-two punch of the modern diet and sedentary lifestyle.

    But if you're teetering on the brink of disease, phthalates can push you right over the edge -- because a new study on 1,000 senior Swedish women finds that high blood levels of these chemicals will DOUBLE your risk.

    This isn't exactly a stunner since phthalates have been linked in studies to insulin resistance, high blood glucose, weight gain, increased abdominal fat, and all the other usual suspects that work in cahoots with diabetes.

    But it's one thing to know all that. It's quite another to actually do something about it, because avoiding phthalates is practically a full-time job.

    Most personal items with fragrance of any kind contain them, including candles and air fresheners. They're also in shower curtains, vinyl flooring, upholstery, sealants, inks, and more.

    Phthalate fumes are even responsible for the so-called "new car smell."

    Like I said, it's not easy -- but do the best you can here for yourself and the rest of your family. Everyone's health is on the line.

  3. You can live longer if you'll just...

    But you tell me what to make of the latest studies: One finds you can extend your life by three years or more with just 15 minutes of exercise a day... while the other finds that every hour of TV shortens your life by 22 minutes. Put 'em together, and you can use one to cancel out the other.
  4. Our butts are killing us

    When it comes to your health, there's no such thing as sitting pretty. In fact, we're riding our immobile behinds right into an early grave.

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