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Show 849: Move a Little, Lose a Lot

Research shows that a sedentary lifestyle is inimical to good health. Even exercising a couple of times a week may not counteract the dangers of sitting in front of a computer monitor for most of our waking hours.

Counteracting that hazard might be easier than it seems, though. You could install a treadmill in front of your desk, or you could just walk down the hall to see your co-worker rather than sending an email. Non-exercise activity can burn more calories than you might imagine, counteract fatigue and make you feel mentally sharp. How can you take advantage of this new research finding?


James A. Levine, MD, PhD, is Professor of Medicine in the Department of Endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. His book, co-authored with Selene Yeager, is Move a Little, Lose a Lot.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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