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Fixin' Healthcare

Sunday, March 19, 2006

The Lifestyle Chronicles - Keep It Moving

Leave it to Mayo Clinic to take a common concept and elevate it to new status. My hat is off to
James Levine for advocating non-exercise activity thermogensis (NEAT). A very neat idea, indeed. He is correct that much, if not most, energy expenditure for individuals will be non-exercise activity.

Many people that I see have never taken a lick at a snake, or at least not for a long time. They need to start physical activity slowly and it is best if there is no indication of work or exertion. For kids and most people it helps if the activity is serves some purpose (get from here to there) or fun as in a game. Taking my hat off might qualify but gardening and dancing would be better. What is exercise but physical activity?

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