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The armchair turned fitness trainer

The armchair turned fitness trainer | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Researchers have created a prototype armchair designed to take care of the elderly by giving them health and fitness advice ... and even a workout.

 

Developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) in Germany, the GEWOS (Gesund Wohnen Mit Stil or Healthy Living With Style) armchair looks like an ordinary, comfortable chair. The difference is that it contains sensors built into the seat cushions, backrest and armrest that measure the heartbeat and oxygen saturation of the seated person, along with an integrated rowing machine that can get you exercising on the spot.

 

 

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UCanRow2's curator insight, July 31, 2013 12:14 PM

Hmmm.  A recliner that doubles as a rowing machine.  Would you use this? 

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Why American men die young; heal a sedentary body by breaking the ‘seated cycle’

Why American men die young; heal a sedentary body by breaking the ‘seated cycle’ | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Washington Post | November 12, 2012

 

A 'seated lifestyle' has associated with everything from increased cancer risk to shorter life expectancy, and it’s costing Americans an arm and a leg — and a back.

 

At least $50 billion is spent each year to treat lower back pain, the fall issue of NYU Physician says. “Lumbar spine issues are starting to explode as people sit in a chair all day,” physician Wayne Stokes told the magazine. “We try to get across the idea that if the body doesn’t move, it’s not going to work.”

 

According to the magazine, chronic back pain isn’t caused so much by acute injury as by muscles that have become weak or imbalanced from disuse

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Active Desk lets you burn calories while checking your email

Active Desk lets you burn calories while checking your email | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Many of us sit at a desk for extended periods each day – and that has doctors worried. Researchers are beginning to understand the associated health risks triggered by sitting for long durations, and suggest that people need to stand up, walk, and generally be more active throughout their day.

 

One way to get more exercise might be to try out the Active Desk, which combines a recumbent exercise bike with a work desk, allowing you to leisurely pedal off the pounds throughout the day.

 

 

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Office Attack: stressed at work? Look out for your heart

LONDON (Reuters) - People who have highly demanding jobs and little freedom to make decisions are 23 percent more likely to have a heart attack compared with their less stressed out colleagues, according.

 

Perspective is needed, though. About 3% of heart attacks may come from work stress, but 36% come from smoking and 12% from sedentary living.

 

If you or someone you know can say 'yes' to 2+ of these points, lifestyle changes are in order.

 

-I work too hard, my job stresses me out

-I spend long hours sitting at my desk

-I rarely exercise

-I take cigarette breaks during the day

-I eat fast food or prepackaged food almost everyday

 

Please protect your heart.

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