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Ok, so fitness is the major theme of this blog

What can I say? Out of all the things I think about, fitness is the one that affects other people the most, and it is the one that needs the most discussion. First, I have eaten out twice recently, and it just hits home how out of whack serving sizes are. I was visiting a friend when she served her family, and it was all I could do not to say something, the serving sizes were so large. ( She keeps telling me how hard it is to lose weight). Losing weight and keeping it off is math. Simple math.

Second, this article http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39523298/ns/health-mens_health/ reminds us of the other side of the equation.

“Hamilton’s take, which is supported by a growing body of research, is that the amount of time you exercise and the amount of time you spend on your butt are completely separate factors for heart-disease risk. New evidence suggests, in fact, that the more hours a day you sit, the greater your likelihood of dying an earlier death regardless of how much you exercise or how lean you are. That’s right: Even a sculpted six-pack can’t protect you from your chair.

But it’s not just your heart that’s at risk from too much sitting; your hips, spine, and shoulders could also suffer. In fact, it’s not a leap to say that a chair-potato lifestyle can ruin you from head to toe.

Statistically speaking, we’re working out as much as we were 30 years ago. It’s just that we’re leading more sedentary lives overall. A 2006 University of Minnesota study found that from 1980 to 2000, the percentage of people who reported exercising regularly remained the sameā€”but the amount of time people spent sitting rose by 8 percent.”

Bottom line? Keep moving.

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