More Americans Exercise While They Work

Exercise-Induced Asthma

James Levine, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic. Theres a glob of information that sitting is killing us, Levine said. Youre basically sitting yourself into a coffin. More companies are intrigued by the idea of helping employees stay healthy, lose weight and reduce stress especially if it means lower insurance costs and higher productivity, Levine said. Even walking at 1 mile an hour has very substantial benefits, Levine said, such as doubling metabolic rate and improving blood sugar levels. Although you dont sweat, your body moving is sort of purring along. Sales at Indianapolis-based TreadDesk are expected to increase 25 percent this year as large corporations, including Microsoft, Coca-Cola, United Healthcare and Procter & Gamble, have started buying the workstations in bulk, said Jerry Carr, company president. With bicycle desks or desk cycles, workers can pedal their way through the day on a small stationary bike mounted under their desks. Treadmill desks can range from about $800 to $5,000 or more.
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Exercise is medicine

During normal breathing, the air we take in is first warmed and moistened by the nasal passages. Because people tend to breathe through their mouths when they exercise, they are inhaling colder and drier air. In exercise-induced asthma, the muscle bands around the airways are sensitive to these changes in temperature and humidity and react by contracting, which narrows the airway. This results in symptoms of exercised-induced asthma, which include: Unusual fatigue while exercising Shortness of breath when exercising The symptoms of exercise-induced asthma generally begin within 5 to 20 minutes after the start of exercise, or 5 to 10 minutes after brief exercise has stopped. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms with exercise, inform your doctor.
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Depression symptoms did not decrease more with exercise compared with other treatments

And instead of TV time, it’s screen time now. We are still committing armchair suicide,” he says. All the messages put out by ParticipAction and other Canadian activity campaigns have failed because people are sitting when they hear them, he says. Sitting means you have a lap, where you can place high-calorie, low-nutrient food. “We all have lap disease. Sure, it’s not a real term, just my fake term. But, let’s just say no to laps!” Unfortunately, most people don’t change their lifestyle until they’ve had a health “event,” says Kriellaars, and that event has to be verified and comprehensible.
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And compared to antidepressants and psychological treatments, exercise didn’t work any better. According to theresearchers of this review, previous studies that looked at how exercise affected depression were small and low in quality. “Ask a doctor about all of your treatment options for depression.” Gary Cooney, from the Division of Psychiatry at Royal Edinburgh Hospital in the UK, led this study that aimed to see whether exercise could reduce depression in adults over 18 years of age compared to using other treatment methods. The researchers reviewed 37 studies, involving more than 2,300 participants, that had been published up until March 2013, as well as ongoing studies to March 2013. The studies compared exercise to several other treatments, including antidepressant medications, psychological treatments, other treatments involving physical activity and no treatment at all or placebo (fake medicine). In this review, exercise was defined by the American College of Sports Medicine as “planned, structured and repetitive bodily movement done to improve or maintain one or more components of physical fitness.” Studies excluded from the current investigation included those that involved patients who did not have depression and treatments that combined exercise with another activity or treatment. Two independent reviewers tracked the participants’ depression symptoms and mood after being treated.
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