Friday, November 21, 2008

Happy Holiday Tips

Remember how Mom always said, “Stand up straight.” She was right! More right than she might have known. It has to do with more than good posture, and now it’s not just the call to “stand up straight”—but to just “stand up.”

Are you familiar with an enzyme called "lipase?" This enzyme is critical to the body's ability to break down fat. This fat-splitting enzyme is suppressed when we remain seated for a period of time. It virtually "shuts-off." This results in retention of fat, lower HDL (good cholesterol) and an overall reduction in metabolic rate. So, don't just sit there—take a break, stand up to talk on the phone, walk around the office, or take a few laps up and down the stairs. And, for each hour of physical activity you'll gain two hours of life expectancy. (American Heart Association)

Thanks, Mom.

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