The Roundup - Edition 36

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 36, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!

Blast from the Past

Researchers recently tested the effects of walking on a treadmill desk while completing mentally demanding tasks. Their results showed that that performance on cognitive tasks are not impaired by walking on an active workstation. They then concluded that implementing active workstations into offices and classrooms could be a way to decrease sitting time without impairing work performance.

This is great news, and it’s something I can attest to myself as far as productivity goes. I’ve written before about the treadmill desk I set up to help me get a minimum of 10,000 steps per day while doing work on my computer. Sitting all day could be even worse for your health than smoking, so I strongly encourage anyone with a desk job to find a way to incorporate some low level movement into their work day. I’ve found that my treadmill desk is an excellent way to ensure that I get the movement I need while not only maintaining productivity, but possibly even boosting it!

Research Report

  • Need creative breakthrough? Take a walk. Walking greatly increases creativity compared to sitting.
  • Recent research reveals a regular mindfulness practice is effective therapy for anxiety and depression.
  • A new study finds that some cereals and packaged foods are loaded with synthetic vitamins that can actually harm kids.
  • Data shows that a poor diet during childhood negatively impacts health status later in life and shortens lifespan.
  • Eating resistant starch may help reduce red meat-related colorectal cancer risk. So eat some potatoes with that steak!

Worth a Look

  • My staff dietitians Laura and Kelsey have created a brand new podcast with informative tips on ancestral nutrition and the Paleo lifestyle.
  • Mark Sisson explains how Tabata sprints massively impact burning fat and building muscle but only take 4 minutes.
  • Look at the great donor gifts you get when you support the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund!
  • Have researchers from Case Western Reserve University found a way to make antibiotic use safer, and protect us from virulent hospital-acquired pathogens?
  • Reduce stress by focusing on one thing at a time. More interruptions mean more errors.
  • Runner’s World reviews the Paleo diet (as it applies to runners), and has mostly positive things to say.

For the Foodies

  1. I love jogging and I love my laptop…but I cant just imagine doing both at the same time!

    Won’t that be confusing?

    I think maybe I’m the only one who will get confused or trip over or skid across something hahaha!

    How does standing desk apply? Is the treadmill desk an advanced active-er version of the standing desk?

  2. I’d like to know more about the early-life nutrition programming study. What permanent changes did they find? How early in life are they addressing? It’s a shame some kids don’t have any control over their diets–eating cereal or toast for breakfast, school lunches, and then fast food for dinner bought by the parents.

  3. RE – “Eating resistant starch may help reduce red meat-related colorectal cancer risk. So eat some potatoes with that steak! ”

    You can’t be serious about linking to a “red meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer” study. And you might want to emphasize that only cooking the potatoes is not enough, you have to cool them to get any RS.