Sitting Is a Hazardous Activity

Cleveland Clinic is the best hospital in the country (perhaps the world) for hearts and heart-related matters, according to most measures and rankings. So what they say about hearts matters. And here’s some of what they say:

Turns out, your work to keep [your heart] strong is a key to longevity. While it’s not surprising that exercise is good for you — and for your heart — it may surprise you to learn that exercise that tests your heart in a controlled manner on an ongoing basis can actually add years to your life.

Which isn’t surprising. But this might be: “[S]edentary behavior and regular exercise are likely independent of each other.”

Hmmm, I thought. You mean all my walks, cycling, and weight lifting doesn’t offset all of my sitting and sedentary “activities”? Here’s what the Cleveland Clinic had to say about that (emphasis added): Continue reading

Live Long and Prosper: Drink Coffee

I like to cherry pick my health news. I get tired of reading about the things I eat or don’t eat that supposedly have a deleterious effect on my health (and, by extension, my longevity). But I never get tired of reading articles that affirm my behaviors, especially if they come from a highly respected source such as the Cleveland Clinic.

So I welcomed this morning’s tweet from the Cleveland Clinic that linked to a posting hailing the benefits of coffee drinking. Here is a link to the short article for my fellow coffee lovers. You tea sippers are on your own.

The Clinic reported that “a pair of new studies suggests that drinking coffee is associated with longer life and lower instances of cancer or chronic disease.” (Emphasis added.)

Admittedly, “associated with” is a not a particularly strong statement. But it will do, especially this week, after I had a biopsy to check for possible skin cancer and had some precancerous crap frozen off my face. (Obviously, I should have drunk more coffee.)

Not that I’m concerned. I had my pot of coffee this morning. I figure that daily ritual should give me at least another 63 years of good health.

Now all I have to do is find that article extolling the benefits of a daily steak with a Ben and Jerry’s chaser.