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31 Million Inactive Americans

CDC says there’s a tremendous health opportunity for the 31 million inactive Americans.  

Put simply – Get Moving!

Currently there are 31 Million Americans over 50 who are getting no exercise at all, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in their newest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Physical activity is essential for health, and especially for successful aging.

Statistically speaking, the health risk here equals 31 million Americans doubling their risk of having a heart attack

CDC used their Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and found that as people get older, their activity levels go down significantly.  BRFSS completes over 400,000 adult interviews each year, and is the largest continuously conducted health survey system in the world.
In 2014, 25% of people aged 50-64 were inactive, but for those over 75 years old, 35% were grossly inactive, doing nothing other than taking care of basic bodily needs.

1st Posture Principle, Stand Taller-Live Longer: An Anti-Aging Strategy

“Your Body Is Designed to Move”  

Posture’s effect on quality of exercise wasn’t directly addressed, but other recent studies and in progress studies are looking at the effect of musculoskeletal restriction of the lungs from posturally compressed spine and rib cage system effecting cardio-vascular disease, gastro-intestinal disorders and even diabetes.

A Department of Health and Human Services report found that “physical activity reduces the risk of developing serious chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Moderate exercise allows the heart and blood circulatory system to function more efficiently.”

In fact, the chronic health conditions that have the highest cost for society benefit significantly from even small amounts of exercise. Not surprisingly, as inactivity goes up so does a person’s weight.

It also makes a difference when people understand the importance of activity to stay healthy.  CDC reports that activity levels go up for those with higher levels of education.

CDC’s Bottom Line

Helping inactive people become more physically active is an important step towards healthier and more vibrant communities.

Dr. Weiniger’s Observation: The StrongPosture® premise that when you stand taller you move better also supports their observation that maintaining activity levels “lowers blood pressure, whereby reducing strain on the heart, lowers cholesterol and helps maintain a healthy body weight”.

And even though exercise is generally a good thing, when posture is flexed, asymmetric or adaptive, the benefits of exercise can be negatively affected.  Exercising with weak posture often skips the deep core muscle patterns essential to stand tall, move well, and avoid injury.

 

CDC Press release. 15 September 2016.
Watson KB, et al. Physical Inactivity Among Adults Aged 50 Years and Older – United States, 2014. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report  (MMWR) September 16 2016:65(36);954–958.
https://www.hhs.gov/blog/2016/09/15/physical-activity-is-vital-for-adults-50-years-plus.html
http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/
Weiniger, S, Stand Taller Live Longer, BodyZone Press, 2008
Lynch, B. M., & Owen, N. (2015). Too much sitting and chronic disease risk: Steps to move the science forward. Annals of Internal Medicine, 162(2), 146-7. doi:10.7326/M14-255
Biswas, A., Oh, P. I., Faulkner, G. E., Bajaj, R. R., Silver, M. A., Mitchell, M. S., & Alter, D. A. (2015). Sedentary time and its association with risk for disease incidence, mortality, and hospitalization in adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Annals of Internal Medicine, 162(2), 123-32. doi:10.7326/M14-1651


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