Wellness Tips

Posture Matters

Posture matters more than you may think. In fact, there’s evidence that whether you sit up straight or slouch affects the quality of your work. To understand why, it can be helpful to look back at our evolutionary ancestors. Millions of years ago, if you were sitting or lying down, the chances were pretty good you were in a relatively safe spot and could let your guard down. If you were standing or moving around, though, being extra attentive might mean the difference between finding food and becoming prey.

Today, our bodies still have this expectation baked in, says Max Vercruyssen, a retired ergonomist and human-performance specialist who’s conducted pioneering...

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Get Up and Move Around

Researchers are studying the negative health effects of sedentary behavior and have identified at least 35 diseases from osteoporosis to cancer that people who spend all day in a chair are increased risk for.

For every half-hour working in an office, people should sit for 20 minutes, stand for 8 minutes and move around and stretch for 2 minutes.

Research from NASA finds that standing up for 2 minutes 16 times a day while at work is an effective strategy for maintaining bone and muscle density.

Standing burns one-half to one calorie more a minute than sitting. In four hours, that represents as many as 240 additional calories burned.

“They key is breaking up your activity throughout the day. Sitting all day...

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Benefits to drinking that cup of joe

Ability to enhance memory up to 24 hours after the beverage is consumed.

It’s high in natural polyphenols, a micronutrient which scientists are increasingly attributing a role in the prevention of degenerative illnesses like cancer, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

People who drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day show lower rates of diabetes than those who do not drink coffee at all.

Decaf coffee has shown most of the same effects in studies.

Taken from Wall Street Journal 10/13/2015  Heidi Mitchell, Eric Rimm, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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