- The World Health Organization (WHO) states the following: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
- The WHO definition of health embraces the holistic nature of wellness that LivingHealthy stands for. We believe that all aspects of our well-being from our minds, bodies and souls are critical to a fulfilling life. A person could be in tip-top shape and gorgeous from head to toe, but if he or she is emotionally unsatisfied, feeling isolated or without meaningful relationships, the ability to truly thrive is a challenge.
- Research has shown that people can “die of a broken heart.” This phrase refers to both the physical and mental deterioration that can ensue when overly stressed, lonely, isolated and sedentary for long periods of time. Medically, this is sometimes classified as “Broken Heart Syndrome.”
- Research has revealed that a range of combinations of physical inactivity and sleep durations (too much or too little) can be as hurtful to the body as—and sometimes even more so than—high-risk lifestyle activities like smoking and alcohol consumption. This is not a get-out-of-jail-free card for high-risk activities, only a reminder that living a life free of excessive partying does not preclude one from falling prey to other degenerative health issues.
- Here are some of the research findings on negative combinations for degenerating health that are all more or less equal in their deleterious impact:
- Being physically inactive (less than 150 minutes each week), sitting too much (more than seven hours a day) and sleeping too much (more than nine hours a night)
- Being physically inactive (less than 150 minutes each week), sitting too much (more than seven hours a day) and sleeping too little (less than seven hours a night)
- Smoking and high alcohol intake
- If you’ve had an injury and can’t run, brisk walking can result in similar health benefits. The more you walk and the greater the intensity, the more the health benefits increase.
- According to research revealed in a six-year study conducted at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Life Sciences Division, in Berkeley, California, the same energy used for moderate-intensity walking and vigorous-intensity running resulted in similar reductions in the risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and possibly coronary artery disease. The study revealed that:
RESOURCE: American Heart Association: Walking can lower risk of heart-related conditions as much as running
- The health benefits of moderate-intensity walking and vigorous-intensity running are similar because they involve the same muscle groups and the same activities performed at different intensities.
- Distance (how far one walked or ran) versus time (how long one was walking or running) is a much better comparison of exertion.
- Wearing an activity tracker (e.g., FitBit, Jawbone, Garmin) or using apps on a mobile phone have been shown to enhance goal achievement and overall fitness through greater self-awareness, motivation and goal setting.
- The American Heart Association recommendations for physical activity in adults are for 30 minutes of physical activity per day, at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week.
RESOURCE: American Heart Association: Recommendations for Physical Activity
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