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Are You Pooping Wrong?

yljxpomnx9ibldawzebkLet’s talk about poop.

More specifically, the new counterculture craze of squatting to take a poop. While most of us find the image a bit barbaric and animalistic, the reality is that… we are animals. Our bodies evolved to squat and poop; it’s important to remember that sitting toilets are a relatively new invention.

According to squat aficionados, sitting on the toilet creates improper alignment that results in unnecessary pushing and straining. Squatting, on the other hand, is allegedly a more natural position that opens the anal sphincter and moves our internal plumbing into alignment. This allows for a more effortless, faster and efficient bowel movement.

In fact, according to a 2003 study, squatters spend 79 fewer seconds taking a poop.

Seriously.

home-02To simulate squatting on our current toilets, there are a whole slew of new products. In a Men’s Health article, Eric Spitznagel tried the Squatty Potty. It’s essentially a glorified stepping stool. You can either place your feet on it to elevate your knees and simulate squatting, or – if you’re more adventurous – you can plant your feet on the Squatty Potty and hover over the toilet seat to release your excrement.

Though a doctor of gastroenterology told the author that his Squatty Potty may or may not make much of a difference (more research is clearly needed!), the experiment made Spitznagel a believer. He swears his poops are better, healthier and more effortless.

Of course, you can save yourself the $79 and make your own Squatty Potty out of a stack of books to get the same experience. Maybe you’ll become a believe, too.

After all, a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta poo.

P.S. Another east way to upgrade your poop is to upgrade your diet; download Davey Wavey’s Insanely Easy Guide to Eating Smarter and get started today!

 

Every Hour of Television Trims 22 Minutes from Your Life.

wasted lifeHow many hours a day do you spend watching television? According to 2010 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American 15 years of age or older spends 2.7 hours daily. 2009 data from Nielsen, however, suggests that the real number might be closer to 5 hours.

A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine concluded that each hour spent watching television shaves 22 minutes off of your life expectancy. In other words, if you watch television 5 hours daily for a year, then your life expectancy is shortened by nearly a month. It’s a sobering statistic and yet another study to find a link between sitting and mortality.

For the study, which aimed to quantify the link between television viewing mortality, researchers created a “life table model” that combined data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study. Based on the data, researchers concluded that very single hour of television viewed after the age of 25 reduces the viewer’s life expectancy by 21.8 minutes.

To put things in perspective, one hour of television viewing has the same impact on life expectancy as smoking two cigarettes.

The bottom line: It’s clear that all of us need to sit less and move more. And the next time you’re watching The Real Housewives, ask yourself, “Is this really worth it?”

How to Sit Less at Work: 7 Tips!

Dear Davey,

I’m an engineer and it means that I spend 6 to 8 hours a day sitting at my desk. You mentioned that sitting has been linked to early death, even for people that exercise. Since I feel so chained to my desk, what are some tips for sitting less at work?

From,
Alex

dynaflexballchairHey Alex,

It’s true. Researchers have found a link between sitting and early death – even in otherwise healthy folks who exercise regularly. Our bodies are clearly meant to move.

The good news is that there are a few simple changes that you can make to reduce your daily sit time.

  1. Pace or walk while on the phone. Take calls on your cell phone or wireless headset. Use that time to pace the hallways of your work or even your office/cubicle. If you don’t have much room, simply stand and shift your weight from side to side. It’s better than sitting.
  2. Stand at your computer. If you have a laptop, place it on top of a set of filing cabinets or on an elevated desk. If you’re really committed, you can even purchase a standing desk.
  3. Take the long way. Whether it’s walking to the printer to trekking to the bathroom, take the scenic route. Maybe even opt for a bathroom on a different floor. Whenever you can, sneak in a few extra feet of walking time.
  4. Replace chairs with exercise balls or other exercise equipment. Silly as it sounds, inflatable exercise balls make for great chair alternatives. You can even purchase a wheeled base for the exercise ball. Because exercise balls require balance, your muscles will fire constantly to help keep you stable. They’re also really fun to take bounce breaks on. Alternatively, I’ve seen people use other types of exercise equipment – even stationary bikes or treadmills – as chair alternatives.
  5. Walk to lunch. Instead of eating at your desk, get off your butt and walk to a nearby park or cafeteria. Not only when you help keep your body moving, but the change of scenery can be refreshing and rejuvenating.
  6. Walk more. Call and email less. Instead of communicating over the phone or electronically, opt for face time. Walk to your coworkers’ offices or cubicles if you have a question. While these 30 or 40 second walks may seem insignificant, they add up over time.
  7. Take a five minute break and turn your chair into a workout station. Don’t believe me? Try my 5-minute chair workout.

I hope these tips help cut some of your sit time. And if you have any additional tips, please sure them in the comments below!

Study: Sit More, Die Sooner – Even if You Exercise.

According to a new study, it's important to shift our leisure time into more active pursuits - like walking, hiking and enjoying the outdoors.

According to a recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, sitting down for several hours a day increases your risk of dying.

The study, which followed 222,497 Australian adults for several years, found that individuals who sat for at least 11 hours a day had a 40% higher risk of dying within the next three years than people who sat for less than four hours a day.

And exercise doesn’t necessarily mitigate this risk. While regular exercisers had a lower risk of death than non-exercisers, the death risk still rose for active people who sat longer. In other words, your 30 or 60-minute gym routine doesn’t necessarily counteract the increased mortality risk from excessive sitting.

According to the researchers, excessive sitting can’t be blamed entirely on long work hours. In fact, it’s estimated that the average adult spends 90% of their leisure time sitting. And, if you think about the time we spend reading, watching TV, playing computer games or chatting on social networks, I’d have to agree.

The takeaway is pretty simple: Spend more time on your feet. While a stand-up desk could help, it’s important to shift our leisure time into more active pursuits – like taking hikes, walking, playing sports or enjoying the outdoors.