Even marathon runners are “couch potatoes,” according to the New York Times!

You may have seen the recent report in the New York Times¹ of a study of marathon runners done by scientists affiliated with the School of Public Health at the University of Texas at Austin.

The runners reported spending considerable time sweating, as one might expect of a runner in training for a marathon. On average, they exercised vigorously for nearly seven hours per week, which exceeds the standard exercise recommendation of most health authorities.

“But those hours of exercise do not seem to have reduced sedentary time. On an average workday, the runners reported sitting for more than 10 hours at the office and at home, easily topping the national average,” the New York Times observed.

So even those of us who consider ourselves active and not sedentary, may find on examination that we are more sedentary than we realize!

The lifestyle so many of us lead, at least here in America with our automobiles at the ready, our high-digital television sets turned on, and our computers always booted up both at home and at work, is one that includes a lot of sitting!

Even when we’re moving we are sitting! In the car, on the bus, on the train, in the air! We just sit – for hours each day – not moving hardly a muscle, at home watching TV or on our computers, and then at work sitting at our desk or in the lunch room.

No wonder we’re all gaining weight enormously! No wonder we have so many ailments!

We need to get off our butts and get moving! And keep moving!

How about re-configuring our desks so we can stand up to work on our computers? And how about leaving the car in the driveway while we walk down to the corner store or to our church down the block?

All of us need to do much more walking! We have become a nation of sitters! And now we learn, according to the New York Times, that even runners are sitters!

In another edition of the Times, physical activity, even walking, can substantially reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer! Encouraging new science shows, in part, it seems, exercise changes how a woman’s body deals with estrogen.²

The study, the Times reported, included 73,600 postmenopausal women, age 50 to 73, some reporting that they exercised vigorously and often, typically by running, swimming or playing singles tennis. But most walked, usually at a pleasant pace of about 3 miles per hour. About half of the group reported that such strolling was their only form of exercise.

The few women who were the most active, sweating vigorously for up to 10 hours each week, realized an even greater benefit, with 25 percent less risk of developing breast cancer than those women who exercised the least.

And guess what all that sweating does for you? It eliminates toxins in the body, through the pores, accumulated from our diets, from the environment, and our sedentary lifestyles.

That’s why Grandpa Wally always says: Keep moving or they’ll start digging!




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