You Will Feel Differently About The Luxury of Relaxing on Your Favorite Couch When You Read This
TOO MUCH COUCH TIME IS NOT YOUR FRIEND!
When our staff looked at the title to this post, some admitted that this one brought on a great deal of guilt. The reason for the guilt is that none of us (except Steve Conley, NMPHB founder) have anything remotely like a regular exercise routine. We’re not exactly couch potatoes; we’re more like workaholics who use work as an excuse not to exercise.
We’re not alone in our failure to exercise regularly, unfortunately. According to an article published AIMS Public Health the proportion of Black youth reporting regular physical activity ranged from 33% to 52%; and of Black adults, 27% to 52%.
This news is distressing for us personally, and has overall disturbing implications. A Harvard Medical School article reminds us of what many of us already know: exercise is critical to our overall well-being.
“If you’re physically active, your heart gets trained to beat slower and stronger, so it needs less oxygen to function well; your arteries get springier, so they push your blood along better; and your levels of “good” HDL cholesterol go up.
It’s also not much of a surprise that physical activity helps prevent diabetes. Muscles that are used to working stay more receptive to insulin, the hormone that ushers blood sugar into cells, so in fit individuals blood sugar levels aren’t as likely to creep up.
But exercise as a soldier in the war against cancer? It seems to be, and on several fronts: breast, colon, endometrial, perhaps ovarian. The effect of physical activity on breast cancer prevention may be stronger after menopause than before, although some research suggests that it takes quite a lot to make a difference: four to seven hours of moderate to vigorous activity a week. Three studies have found that if you’ve had colon cancer or breast cancer, physical activity reduces the chances of it coming back.