I agree with all of this.  I was just trying to get your butt off the 
cushion to take a walk--in  the garden.  Hence clearing the mind and cleansing 
your body to experience "just this".

--- On Thu, 1/13/11, Bill! <> wrote:

From: Bill! <>
Subject: Re: [Zen] News: Can sitting too much kill you?
Date: Thursday, January 13, 2011, 5:49 PM


When I use the word sitting I refer to zazen.  I've said this many times.  And 
for me zazen is shikantaza; and shikantaza is 'clear mind'.
So...any activity I do (like daily life) with a clear mind (Buddha Mind) is 
shikantaza, is zazen.  Washing dishes with a clear mind is zazen.
I think at least you'll agree that washing dishes = daily life.

--- In, Kristy McClain <healthyplay1@...> wrote:
> The point being that > sitting = < daily life. k
> --- On Thu, 1/13/11, Bill! BillSmart@... wrote:
> From: Bill! BillSmart@...
> Subject: Re: [Zen] News: Can sitting too much kill you?
> To:
> Date: Thursday, January 13, 2011, 5:12 PM
> Sitting is daily life. Daily life is sitting. ...Bill!
> --- In, Kristy McClain healthyplay1@ wrote:
> >
> > Amen.
> >  
> > Thanks for sharing this!  k
> > 
> > 
> > --- On Thu, 1/13/11, Edgar Owen edgarowen@ wrote:
> > 
> > 
> > From: Edgar Owen edgarowen@
> > Subject: [Zen] News: Can sitting too much kill you?
> > To:
> > Date: Thursday, January 13, 2011, 5:22 AM
> > 
> > 
> >   
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > For all you deluded ones who believe that sitting instead of daily life is 
> > Zen. 
> > :-)
> > 
> > 
> > Edgar
> > 
> > 
> > 
> >   
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Can sitting too much kill you?
> > By Travis Saunders | Jan 6, 2011 10:39 AM
> > We all know that physical activity is important for good 
> > healthâ€"regardless of your age, gender or body weight, living an active 
> > lifestyle can improve your quality of life and dramatically reduce your 
> > risk of death and disease. But even if you are meeting current physical 
> > activity guidelines by exercising for one hour per day (something few 
> > Americans manage on a consistent basis), that leaves 15 to 16 hours per day 
> > when you are not being active. Does it matter how you spend those hours, 
> > which account for more than 90% of your day? For example, does it matter 
> > whether you spend those 16 hours sitting on your butt, versus standing or 
> > walking at a leisurely pace? Fortunately or unfortunately, new evidence 
> > suggests that it does matter, and in a big way.
> > What is sedentary behavior?
> > Before we go any further, it’s important that we define the term 
> > "sedentary behavior". Sedentary behavior is typically defined as any 
> > behavior with an exceedingly low energy expenditure (defined as <1.5 
> > metabolic equivalents). In general, this means that almost any time you are 
> > sitting (e.g. working on a computer, watching TV, driving) or lying down, 
> > you are engaging in sedentary behavior. There are a few notable exceptions 
> > when you can be sitting or lying down but still expend high energy 
> > expenditure (e.g. riding a stationary bike), but in general if you are 
> > sitting down, you are being sedentary.
> > The above definition may seem rather intuitive, but this is not the way 
> > that the term sedentary has been used by exercise science researchers for 
> > the past 50 years. Up until very recently, referring to someone as 
> > sedentary meant simply that they were not meeting current guidelines for 
> > physical activity. In simple terms, if you were exercising for 60+ 
> > minutes/day, you were considered physically active. If you were exercising 
> > 10 minutes/day, you were sedentary. Case closed. But as we will discuss 
> > below, sedentary time is closely associated with health risk regardless of 
> > how much physical activity you perform on a daily basis. Further, it is 
> > entirely possible to meet current physical activity guidelines while still 
> > being incredibly sedentary. Thus, to quote researcher Marc Hamilton, 
> > sitting too much is not the same as exercising too little. (if you take 
> > only one thing from this post, let it be that quote from Dr Hamilton). 
> > Which is why it is so
> > that when we use the term "sedentary", we are all on the same page about 
> > what that means.
> > Now that we know what sedentary behavior is, let’s look at its 
> > relationship with health risk.
> > Epidemiological Evidence
> > In 2009 Dr Peter Katzmarzyk and colleagues at the Pennington Biomedical 
> > Research Center published an influential longitudinal paper examining the 
> > links between time spent sitting and mortality in a sample of more than 
> > 17,000 Canadians (available here). Not surprisingly, they report that time 
> > spent sitting was associated with increased risk of all-cause and 
> > cardiovascular disease mortality (there was no association between sitting 
> > and deaths due to cancer). But what is fascinating is that the relationship 
> > between sitting time and mortality was independent of physical activity 
> > levels. In fact, individuals who sat the most were roughly 50% more likely 
> > to die during the follow-up period than individuals who sat the least, even 
> > after controlling for age, smoking, and physical activity levels. Further 
> > analyses suggested that the relationship between sitting time and mortality 
> > was also independent of body weight. This suggests that all things being 
> > equal
> (body
> > weight, physical activity levels, smoking, alcohol intake, age, and sex) 
> > the person who sits more is at a higher risk of death than the person who 
> > sits less.
> > The above findings linking excessive sitting with poor health are far from 
> > isolated. For example, a similar longitudinal study from Australia reports 
> > that each hour of daily television viewing (a proxy of sedentary time) is 
> > associated with an 11% increase in the risk of all-cause mortality 
> > regardless of age, sex, waist circumference, and physical activity level. 
> > And as my colleagues and I summarize in a recent review paper (PDF), 
> > numerous epidemiological studies have linked sedentary behavior with 
> > obesity, cardiometabolic risk, and even some cancers.
> > New evidence also suggests that in addition to the quantity of sedentary 
> > time, the quality of sedentary time may also have an important health 
> > impact. For example, Genevieve Healy and colleagues examined this issue in 
> > participants of the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle (AusDiab) 
> > Study. A total of 168 men and women aged 30-87 years wore an accelerometer 
> > (an objective measure of bodily movement) during all waking hours for 7 
> > consecutive days, which allowed the researchers to quantify the amount of 
> > time that participants spent being sedentary, as well as how frequently 
> > they interrupted these sedentary activities (e.g. standing, walking to the 
> > washroom, etc).
> > What did they find?
> > The greater the number of breaks taken from sedentary behavior, the lower 
> > the waist circumference, body mass index, as well as blood lipids and 
> > glucose tolerance. This was true even if the total amount of sedentary time 
> > and physical activity time were equal between individualsâ€"the one who 
> > took breaks more frequently during their time at the office or while 
> > watching television was less obese and had better metabolic health. 
> > Importantly, the breaks taken by the individuals in this study were of a 
> > brief duration (<5 min) and a low intensity (such as walking to the 
> > washroom, or simply standing).
> > Taken together, the epidemiological evidence strongly suggests that 
> > prolonged sitting is an important health risk factor. But what explains 
> > these relationships? Let’s now look at the multiple mechanisms 
> > linking sedentary time with increased health risk.
> > Mechanisms
> > Reduced Energy Expenditure
> > Quite obviously (and by definition), when you are sedentary, you are not 
> > being physically active. And so one common assumption is that people who 
> > sit more are at increased health risk simply because they are getting less 
> > physical activity. However, somewhat surprisingly, sitting time and 
> > physical activity do not appear to be related for most people. For example 
> > a paper from the European Youth Heart Study published in PLoS Medicine 
> > reports no association between physical activity and TV watching in a 
> > sample of nearly 2000 children and teenagers, and other reports suggest 
> > that there is little evidence that sedentary behavior displaces moderate or 
> > vigorous physical activity. So while it makes intuitive sense that being 
> > sedentary reduces energy expenditure, it is likely through the reduction of 
> > very light intensity physical activity (e.g. standing, walking at a slow 
> > pace), rather than by reducing the volume of what we typically think of as 
> > exercise. This
> may
> > also help explain why the relationship between sedentary behavior and 
> > health risk are often independent of moderate or vigorous physical activity.
> > Increased Food Intake
> > In addition to reducing our energy expenditure, sedentary behaviors may 
> > also promote excess food intake. For example, a recently published study in 
> > the American Journal of Public Health suggests that the amount of 
> > commercial television (e.g. television with advertisements) that children 
> > watch before the age of 6 is associated with increased body weight 5 years 
> > down the road, even after adjustment for other important variables 
> > including physical activity, socio-economic status and mother’s BMI. 
> > In contrast, watching non-commercial television (DVD’s or TV 
> > programs without commercials) showed no association with body weight. 
> > Similarly, it has also been reported that each hour of daily television 
> > watching in children is associated with an increased consumption of 167 
> > calories per day (PDF), mainly through increased consumption of high 
> > calorie, low nutrient foods (e.g. the foods most commonly advertised on 
> > television).
 Much of this is likely
> just a
> > learned behaviorâ€"watching TV exposes us to food ads promoting 
> > unhealthy fare, which is likely to have a disproportionate influence on 
> > younger viewers. Just as importantly, people may just really enjoy munching 
> > on food while relaxing on the couch. Either way, excess sitting (and TV 
> > watching in particular) seems to put us in situations where we choose to 
> > eat more than we would otherwise.
> > Physiological Adaptations
> > I don’t think the mechanisms described aboveâ€"that sitting too 
> > much may lead to reduced energy expenditure and increased food 
> > intakeâ€"will come as much of a surprise. But what I find truly 
> > fascinating is that sedentary behavior also results in rapid and dramatic 
> > changes in skeletal muscle. For example, in rat models, it has been shown 
> > that just 1 day of complete rest results in dramatic reductions in muscle 
> > triglyceride uptake, as well as reductions in HDL cholesterol (the good 
> > cholesterol). And in healthy human subjects, just 5 days of bed rest has 
> > been shown to result in increased plasma triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, 
> > as well as increased insulin resistanceâ€"all very bad things. And these 
> > weren’t small changesâ€"triglyceride levels increased by 35%, and 
> > insulin resistance by 50%!
> > These negative changes are likely related to reductions in the activity of 
> > lipoprotein lipase, an enzyme which allows muscle to uptake fat, thereby 
> > reducing the amount of fat circulating in the blood (it also strongly 
> > influences cholesterol levelsâ€"the details can be found here). Animal 
> > research has shown that lipoprotein lipase activity is reduced dramatically 
> > after just six hours of sedentary behaviorâ€"not unlike a typical day at 
> > work or school for many individuals. Sedentary behavior may also reduce 
> > glucose transporter protein content in the muscle, making it more difficult 
> > for glucose to be taken into the muscle and resulting in higher blood sugar 
> > levels. What is most interesting to me personally is that these 
> > physiological changes in skeletal muscle have little or nothing to do with 
> > the accumulation of body fat, and occur under extremely rapid time-frames. 
> > This means that both lean and obese individuals, and even those with
> active
> > lifestyles, are at increased health risk when they spend excessive amounts 
> > of time sitting down.
> > Should we be concerned about the health impact of sedentary behavior?
> > Yes.
> > Western society is built around sitting. We sit at work, we sit at school, 
> > we sit at home, and we sit in our cars as we commute back and forth. In 
> > fact, a recent survey reports that the average American accumulates more 
> > than 8 hours of sedentary behavior every dayâ€"roughly half of their 
> > waking hours. The situation in children is, unfortunately, no different. 
> > There is evidence that children in both Canada and the USA (PDF) accumulate 
> > more than 6 hours of screen-time (time spent in front of the TV, computer, 
> > or other screen-based device) on a daily basis. Keep in mind that 
> > screen-time is almost exclusively sedentary (active video games excluded), 
> > and that all these hours of sedentary behavior are in addition to the hours 
> > and hours (and hours) that kids spend sitting at school. In fact, a recent 
> > study reports that roughly 70% of class time, including physical education 
> > class, is completely sedentary (while slightly better than class time,
> were
> > also sedentary for the majority of lunch and recess).
> > In short, given the consistent links between sedentary behavior and both 
> > death and disease, and the ubiquity of sedentary behavior in our society, 
> > we should be very concerned about the health impact of sedentary behavior.
> > What is the take-home message?
> > There is a rapidly accumulating body of evidence which suggests that 
> > prolonged sitting is very bad for our health, even for lean and otherwise 
> > physically active individuals. The good news? Animal research suggests that 
> > simply walking at a leisurely pace may be enough to rapidly undo the 
> > metabolic damage associated with prolonged sitting, a finding which is 
> > supported by epidemiological work in humans. So, while there are a lot of 
> > questions that remain unanswered (e.g. Is there a â€Å"safe� 
> > amount of daily sedentary time?), the evidence seems clear that we should 
> > strive to limit the amount of time we spend sitting. And when we do have to 
> > sit for extended periods of time (which, let’s face it, is pretty 
> > much every single day for many of us) we should take short breaks whenever 
> > possible.
> > Finally, if you take only one thing from this post, let it be 
> > thisâ€"sitting too much is not the same as exercising too little.
> >


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