Can Walking for Two Minutes Offset the Health Risks of Sitting All Day?

We round up the latest research, health news, and fitness tips to energize and inspire.

By Allison Jones May 1, 2015

♦ Can you ditch that standing desk and still survive a job that plops you in front of a computer all day? New research suggests that a short, two-minute break every hour can reduce your risk of dying from diseases related to a sedentary lifestyle, from obesity and diabetes to hypertension and atherosclerosis. The study examined the data of 3,626 participants who took part in the federal National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and wore accelerometers to measure their daily activity. While federal recommendations advise moderate to vigorous activity for at least 150 minutes a week, this study shows the health benefit of taking a break to walk to a coffee shop, hit a few flights of stairs, or simply make a few laps around the office. [University Of Utah School Of Medicine, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology]

♦ Finally, you can truly "Let it Go." New research published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology suggests chewing gum can provide relief from earworms, those songs that get stuck in your head on repeat. Apparently, the motion of chewing gum involves the motor skills involved in speech (without actually speaking) that can disrupt the chain of musical encores. Read more!

♦ One Portland baby couldn't wait to get into the hospital, and was born in a car just outside of Providence St. Vincent. Providence emergency response teams met the family at the entrance to the hospital and successfully delivered the baby in the car. Happy Mother's Day!

♦ Have a teenager? Opt for higher foods higher in potassium to reduce high blood pressure in adulthood. A 10-year study tracking eating habits of 2,185 young women found diets high in potassium (rich with foods like bananas, baked potatoes and sweet potatoes, avocados, and leafy greens) prevented high blood-pressure, while a low-salt diet—the reigning dietary recommendation when it comes to hypertension—had no long-term effect on blood pressure. [Boston University, JAMA Pediatrics]

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