It’s another beautiful day here in Panama City, Florida.
Good old Mr. Sun is still smiling down on us grateful lay-abouts.
Treasa, Ginger and I, had a great time, this past Friday night, down at Panama City’s monthly ‘Friday Fest’ festival.
‘Friday Fest’ is sort of a street fair, bazaar and classic car show, all rowed into one raucous setting.
The event strings up & down Harrison Avenue, Panama City’s main drag.
The police block off both ends of the street from auto traffic, and turn the unwashed public loose.
Friday night’s weather was ideal, 80 degree temperatures and a soft breeze easing in off nearby St. Andrews Bay.
There was a good crowd, but not so many people you couldn’t comfortably walk without bumping hips and shoulders.
One of Treasa’s yoga students had herself a ‘vendor’ spot and was performing popular songs for a decent sized group of onlookers. She’s not exactly a threat to Taylor Swift, yet she wasn’t bad.
And, she played a good guitar…
Big attraction for me was the different ethnic food choices.
Because the street resonated with exotic odors waffling from dishes being cooked ‘on the spot’, the food was hard to ignore.
Not that I tried all that hard…To ignore the food, that is.
I always make it point to hit ‘Friday Fest’ with a healthy appetite. Uh, you get the implication…
All-in-all, we had a good outing.
And, Ginger didn’t chew down on any of the tempting buffet of bare feet shod in flip-flops, sliding and shuffling about her nose.
Yeah, ain’t she a saint?
Let’s talk about some things that have been on my mind:
Sitting Too Long May Shorten Your Life:
While doing research for health related subjects, I keep seeing sobering items about the dangers of sitting.
Like the following from Centers For Disease Control (CDC):
…estimates are that some 300,000 deaths each year in the U. S. likely are the results of physical inactivity and poor eating habits.
These deaths range across a number of diseases, from heart disease and stroke to colon cancer and diabetes…”
Because heightened public awareness of the benefits gained from exercise and healthy eating, this insight from CDC is hardly newsworthy.
Yet, and as you’ve no doubt learned, most things increase in complexity the more you examine them.
I mean, being a retail clerk ‘looks’ easy from a shopper’s point of view.
In practice, though, it’s a multi-layered job which few people appreciate… or master.
Likewise with inactivity. It’s essence is a ‘couch potato’ lifestyle?
Or, is living a sedate, but otherwise normal ‘taking care of business’ lifestyle, without regular sessions of exercising with purpose, considered being inactive?
Prolonged sitting time (as a specific instance of sedentary behavior), independent of physical activity, has emerged as a risk factor for various negative health outcomes.
Study results have demonstrated associations of prolonged sitting time with premature mortality; chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer; metabolic syndrome; and obesity.
In contrast, breaks in prolonged sitting time have been correlated with beneficial metabolic profiles among adults, suggesting that frequent breaks in sedentary activity may explain lower health risk related to waist circumference, body mass index (BMI), triglyceride levels, and 2-hour plasma glucose levels…” Also From CDC
Finding research like the above made me decide to stop sitting under this laptop (primary sitting time for me) for longer than hour stretches.
And, my big one-a-day workout effort, 4 – 5 miles of fast-walking, may be negated by fairly low inactivity on the days I don’t do handyman or yard work, and the likes.
Upon delving deeper into this, it appears my thinking, on both accounts, was pointed in the right direction: (See quote below.)
Also found research linking prolonged television watching to chronic diseases, and early death.
Some studies even suggest riding in cars is on par with TV watching…Relative to time spent doing either, or both. Source
Researchers speculate that sitting for hours on end may change peoples’ metabolism in ways that promote obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions.
…a morning jog or brisk lunchtime walk brings many health benefits—but these may not entirely make up for a day spent in front of the computer or an evening in front of the television set.
So as you plan your daily activity routine, remember that cutting down on “sit time” may be just as important as increasing “fit time”…” Source: Too Much Sitting May Be Killing Us
Alarming information, but what do we do with it?
I suspect further research will help us decide that…
On the meantime, here’s 3 things I’m doing:
- Added 10 – 15 minute exercise sessions throughout the day. (Studies indicate it takes 10 minutes of activity for our body to equalize into ‘active mode’.)
- De-lap my computer after 2 hours minimum. (Stopping on the hour didn’t work for me.)
- Ditto with TV watching, and reading.
Taking 2 hour breaks from sitting has become easy to remember and do.
Deciding what to do during those breaks, is still being tested until coming up with some sorta routine. (Yeah, I’m a creature of habits.)
Early on, (still do) I did small chores, like going outside and getting the mail, or sweeping the kitchen floor, basically things you can do in 10 – 15 minutes.
These are necessary parts of my daily routine.
Yet, I wasn’t convinced they qualified as inactivity busters.
Eventually, I decided to do stretches and basic exercises, like push-ups and knee bends, when taking computer breaks.
Again, targeting minimum of 10 minutes of actual movement.
Not a bad start, I figured.
Yet, those are boring kinda exercises.
For the 1st time in my life, I bought an actual piece of exercise equipment:
I’d ‘heard’ good things about using them, and had been thinking about getting one, anyway.
Now that’s a piece of fun just waiting to get jumped on!
Still learning tricks. But, I’m falling off less often. And, I do enjoy fooling around on the darn thing.
Anyway, these things have been on my mind…
What little’s left of it…
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are always welcome.