When Aristotle founded the Peripatetic School in 335 BC. he knew something we’re just discovering and science is corroborating. The Peripatetic School was an informal institution whose members conducted philosophical and scientific inquiries while walking around the Lyceum in ancient Athens. Aristotle's students would follow him on long meandering walks around the Lyceum as he lectured and they engaged in philosophical and scientific inquiry.
It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but one of the reasons I co-founded UnSit is my inability to sit still for long periods of time. In school, the teacher was always yelling at me to, “sit down and focus.” But it never felt right to sit down while trying to think up an idea for an essay or solve a geometry problem. I think and solve problems better on my feet, and I know many of you do too.
Everyone benefits from a healthier brain. Sadly most everyone reading this has cared for a loved one suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. I have. It's a devastating disease and the The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease published a study in March of 2016 projecting the incidence of dementia to TRIPLE in the next 35 years.
The American Heart Association (AHA) published an advisory of seven steps to maintain a healthy brain. This advisory comes in response to the troubling rise in dementia. There were 4 million cases of dementia in America in 2010. There are projected to be 75 million cases worldwide by 2030. Interestingly, five of the AHA’s seven steps to a healthy brain relate to exercise and cardiovascular health.
Ever since we launched UnSit new research keeps getting published showing how exercise improves creativity, cognitive function happiness and well being. We’ve blogged about many of these articles here on the UnSit blog page including the Stanford study that is frequently referenced by other writers. We also honored Dr. John Ratey and his book Spark with our #Walkie Award.
If you’ve ever scolded yourself for not getting to the gym, relax, you don’t have to. Forget those intense workouts. If its longevity you seek, just walk 30 minutes. Hard to believe, but it's true. A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that just 150 minutes a week of walking lowers your risk of premature death by 20%.