Consumer Reports Busts Myths About Exercise

Consumer Reports Busts Myths About Exercise

Susie & 12# weight
Hi from Susie!

I love this! Consumer Reports separates exercise fact from fiction in this Washington Post piece. It's a rare article on exercise that has it all right and this one does. It's short and sweet, so check it out!

Of course, my favorite point is that strength training for older adults is so important for your bones and muscles,  helping to prevent osteoporosis. But, one of the most important pieces of information is that even if you get enough daily exercise, if you sit for the rest of the day it's not great for your health. Find ways to be on your feet during the day. Stand up while you're reading this! I'm standing while I type this, honest! If you bear your own body weight on your feet, it gives your bones a reason to stay strong. Weight bearing exercise or simply standing is vital for bone health.

Here's how to make it work:

Get your computer UP to a standing level, whether it's on a stand, a banker's box, or a laptop on the kitchen counter. I have a laptop stand that keeps my screen at eye level which helps me keep good posture while typing. It doesn't have to be fancy or expensive. Before I had the stand (which my husband made from scrap lumber, hooks & a bungee cord), I used piles of books.

It helps me be on my feet at least 4 hours a day, turning office work into osteoporosis prevention exercise! Research show that people have stronger bones if they're on their feet a minimum of 4 hours per day, keeping osteoporosis at bay. It's fabulous to get movement in while working and not have to add more "exercise" time to your day. So, use your creativity and get in your daily dose of movement! You'll feel soooo much better when you do!

Comments (Scroll to the bottom to leave your comment)

  1. Loved this article in Consumer Reports – thanks for sharing. It was short and to the point. And, easy to get the ideas and put them into practice. Thanks Susie. As usual you are a great guide along the way of building a strong body and mind. I love it. P.

  2. Thanks, Patti! You inspire me with the way that you always stay active, no matter where you are! How’s the pool in Arizona?

  3. This is such great information. I had heard of this and now I want to set up my email standing station. Thank you for valuable information which I always find on your website and in our email notices. You’re the best, Susie!