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Welcome To The Vitality Project!
As a professional health coach concerned with the health and well-being of my clients it is my intention to improve your well-being and longevity by using the principles of nutrition, fitness, diet, lifestyle dynamics, and anti-aging medicine.
There has been previous research published indicating the effects that a sedentary lifestyle has upon disease risk and mortality. The benefits of exercise are well researched and there is a huge amount of information concerning the physiological effects of exercise upon the human body.
However, recently researchers evaluated 2635 people who sere 60 years of age and older. The amount of sitting time was calculated over two years from 2001-2003 and the participants were placed into groups based upon their degree of sedentary behaviours. The researchers calculated the association between sitting time during the period of 2001-2003 with all-cause mortality from 2003-2011.
The results of this study indicated that, between the years of 2003-2011, 846 subjects died. The subjects who were classified as being consistently sedentary during the two year study period had a greater chance of dying from any cause independent of the level or degree of physical activity! In comparison, the group who were non-sedentary had a 25 % lower mortality rate independent of body weight, levels of morbidity or functional limitations. In the subjects who decreased their degree of sitting time during the study period experienced in reduction in all-cause mortality.
This study is extremely important because it emphasises the role that sitting for prolonged periods of time can have upon our longevity. As a society we sit for longer periods of time because of technological advancement, work requirements entertainment and communication style. From a global perspective, excessive sitting is associated with a decreased level of well-being and an increased risk of chronic disease despite the influence exercise may also have. According to the research, sitting for prolonged periods of time can be associated with poor lower limb muscle function, an increase in muscle insulin resistance, elevated triglycerides and a decrease in the “good” HDL cholesterol. The prolonged sitting that many of us do, especially in the older population can potentially lead to increases in the inflammatory response and enhanced free-radical, cellular damage.
My view is that if you have to sit for prolonged periods of time because of work commitments, getup and stretch or walk around every 30 minutes to prevent the damage to your legs and metabolism. Try to limit your time in front of the computer and TV to a few hours per day. Instead, try some regular physical activity as your source of entertainment rather than a sedentary endeavour that will detract from your health and potentially erode your longevity.
For those who work-out….do not assume you are immune to the effects of prolonged sitting because you engage in regular physical activity…..clearly you are not!
Together you and I will work as a team to accomplish all of your health needs and to ensure that you practice prevention and live your life through the lens of quality.
Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project