Here’s your weekly roundup of the latest health and wellness news! This week, our team shares these stories:
- A simple way to reduce the effect of a sedentary lifestyle. Sitting is bad. We hear that a lot. So what can be done to counter its effects? In study subjects, standing had no effect on death rate (sorry, standing desk users). Instead, those who stood up and took gentle two-minute walks once per hour lowered their risk of premature death by 33 percent.
- Data, data, everywhere. Over 200 million wearable monitoring devices are churning out data about health and daily habits. For people who use these devices, the goal is to find “ways to optimize bodies and minds to live longer, healthier lives — and perhaps to discover some important truth about themselves and their purpose in life.” But this data raises some serious questions about the ramifications of ordinary people “quantifying” their lives using these gadgets. What about privacy? Who owns the data? How should it be used?
- Forget the apple. Try a massage a day to keep the doctor away. Long thought of as simply pampering, massage has evolved into an additional treatment option for mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. The mind-body connection reduces cortisol and adrenaline and increases serotonin and dopamine. May is Mental Health Month, so consider giving it a try or sharing this information with others.
- Just for a bit of fun and inspiration… Elora Hardy and her team construct bright, airy homes made out of bamboo in Bali, and the result is absolutely stunning. In this TED Talk, she explains why houses made of treated bamboo–bendable, durable, sustainable, not to mention beautiful– are superior to those of straight-as-an-arrow planks of wood.
With evidence mounting that sitting for long stretches of time is unhealthy, many of us naturally wonder how best to respond. Should we stand up, or is merely standing insufficient? Must we also stroll or jog or do jumping jacks? A new study offers some helpful perspective, suggesting that even a few minutes per hour of moving instead of remaining in a chair might substantially reduce the harms of oversitting. Read more…
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From the instant he wakes up each morning, through his workday and into the night, the essence of Larry Smarr is captured by a series of numbers: a resting heart rate of 40 beats per minute, a blood pressure of 130/70, a stress level of 2 percent, 191 pounds, 8,000 steps taken, 15 floors climbed, 8 hours of sleep. Smarr, an astrophysicist and computer scientist, could be the world’s most self-measured man. For nearly 15 years, the professor at the University of California at San Diego has been obsessed with what he describes as the most complicated subject he has ever experimented on: his own body. Read more…
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When we think of massages we think of pampering, but a visit to a massage therapist can be exactly what the doctor ordered. So what exactly is a massage and how can it benefit an entrepreneur who is too busy to breathe, let alone lay on a table for an hour?… As the mental health epidemic continues to grow throughout the country, people are turning seeking positive outcomes from total mind and body approaches such as massage therapy. Through the power of touch, massage has evolved into an additional treatment option for mental health conditions by reducing cortisol and adrenaline, as well as increasing serotonin and dopamine to reduce anxiety depression. Read more…
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You’ve never seen buildings like this. The stunning bamboo homes built by Elora Hardy and her team in Bali twist, curve and surprise at every turn. They defy convention because the bamboo itself is so enigmatic. No two poles of bamboo are alike, so every home, bridge and bathroom is exquisitely unique. In this beautiful, immersive talk, she shares the potential of bamboo, as both a sustainable resource and a spark for the imagination. “We have had to invent our own rules,” she says.
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As a health promoter and educator, it’s important to keep up with the latest health and wellness news. That’s why each week, we scour the Web to bring you the best stories on health research, corporate wellness, fitness, nutrition, wearable tech, and more. Share these articles with colleagues and employees, or simply stay on the cutting edge yourself!