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Why we should exercise regularly

HEALTH advocate Sing Miyozawa recommends physical exercise to maintain good health. She said the lack of muscle stimulus  results in a buildup of inadequately processed proteins in muscle cells which leads to muscle weakness or wasting.

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Sing Miyozawa, first left, back row, with her Guam fitness group.  Photo courtesy of Sing Miyozawa

Published by Hawai’i Journal of Medicine & Public Health, a study titled “Factors Inhibiting Physical Activity as Treatment for Diabetic Chuukese in Chuuk and Hawai‘i” looked into different types of sedentary behaviors as well as environmental factors that influenced participants’ sedentary behaviors and lack of physical activity.

According to the study, the lack of physical exercise can cause typical muscle dysfunction condition that affects the elderly or individuals suffering from sciatic nerve injury. This is something usually verified in bedridden patients or workers who spend long hours sitting.

 The non-profit organization Healthwise said if your job includes lots of sitting, try adding these activities throughout the day:

1) Use your commute to do some extra walking. Park several blocks away, or get off the bus a few stops early.

2) Use the stairs instead of the elevator, at least for a few floors.

3) Suggest holding meetings with colleagues during a walk inside or outside the building.

4) Go the extra distance when possible: Get your coffee on another floor (use the stairs) or use the washroom that’s the farthest from your office.

5) If you need to speak to a co-worker, walk to that person’s office or station rather than using e-mail or the phone.

6) Use your morning and afternoon breaks to take quick 15-minute walks.

Consult your doctor before starting an exercise program.