Friday, September 25, 2015

Sitting Will Kill You




http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/23/sitting-is-bad-for-children-too/?ref=health

As students, our job requires sitting, sitting, and sitting. This is a problem. It turns out, sitting for extended periods of time has an effect on one's health. According to this article, long periods of inactivity can actually increase risks of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, liver disease, metabolic syndrome, and other conditions, including premature death. Scary right?

Once I finished this article, I realized how bad for you something as innocent as sitting could be.  Inactivity is a dangerous thing, and we all have to be careful to exercise daily. Even just getting up and walking around every hour or so works. Do you ever just sit for hours on end? Should we try to the solve this problem at school? Do you think teachers should give short breaks during long classes, especially block?

13 comments:

  1. Almost every day at school, I feel like I am forced to sit for very long periods of time. Although I feel like this doesn't affect me much in the short term, I have noticed that I feel better if I have to get up in the middle of class, for example when I use the bathroom. My history teacher last year, Ms. Lawson, would have us get up for a few minutes in the middle of each block period and lead optional yoga sessions and I think more teachers should follow that example.

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  2. This article makes me appreciate the fact that during block periods Ms Trisko has us take breaks, do aerobics or stretching, etc. It's not easy for a teacher to take time out of their lesson if they have things to teach, especially in AP classes when the information is so extensive. I think in part it's just an issue that stems from a lack of time that teachers have to teach. Furthermore, (sort of) the point of passing periods could be to get moving and walk around but obviously it's not really enough time to stretch or something since we have to get to class. In short I think it's an issue with time if anything.

    Do you think that it would be better to have stretching (etc) during class and more homework outside of school, or keep it the way it is?

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  3. Sitting for a long period of time is a problem at school, especially during block days. A simple solution to this problem is having a short break during the middle of class. Having a short break can lead to students being more attentive and being healthier since they get a break from sitting all day.

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  4. I think that sitting for long periods of time like during block periods is definitely a problem. I think that what we could do is have thirty minute breaks for stretching or just going for a little walk it would help to having us refocuse and be more alert

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  5. I sit for long period, but I end up needing to get up and walk around for a bit or stretch or something. I feel like having little 5-10 minute stretching breaks during long class periods would be beneficial. It would help students focus better and not feel as tired.

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  6. I do sit for a long period of time and later get up to just move around. I think we should do something in class so we don't sit for a long period of time. I believe teachers should give a few minutes for students to take a break.

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  7. We should be able to freely move around once in a while, it's clearly evident how much of a hazard complacence is. We have to sit still for 7 hours during school and then spend additional hours sitting doing more homework.

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  8. I think it's shocking how sitting has such a negative effect on our long term health. I think since we sit so much during the day, we should be given a certain amount of time to stand, or just not sit. Also, we should be given more breaks during school to move around because it would be beneficial. Not only that, but I think we should spread this among teachers so that they know too, maybe there can be times or things we can do in class where we don't always have to be sitting.

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  9. I knew that sitting for too long could cause you to become lazy, tired or unmotivated but I was surprised to hear all the other bad affects this could have on a person. This article completely reminded me of our health class where we often take stretching breaks, or time to breathe and walk around; this is super effective. I think this is needed in block classes to wakeup your brain and body and get your blood pumping so you feel focused and alert, which is needed to concentrate on class assignments. I do not sit very often at all, really only at school. I could relate article this to the label of a "couch potato" who is someone who sits for hours and usually this results in laziness and sometimes obesity.

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  10. I do sit for hours on end. School is where we sit the most so I do think we need to resolve this problem at school. I think we should get many short breaks for long classes, just so we can relax if we are feeling stressed and improve are health in any other way.

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  11. That's crazy that sitting so much can be a bad thing for you. I love sitting, but not for more then an hour. I think teachers should have breaks in the middle of classes so students can get up and walk a little. Breaks would also help with focus i believe because after a while of sitting you lose focus.

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  12. I can see why sitting for extended periods of time can be harmful. For example, in school. We have to sit for hours, thats why I think it is important to take dance class or p.e, walk home, do sports, or have a job that doesn't consist of just sitting the whole time. I find it easier to focus while I am moving. Like at work, for training I had to go through hours of just sitting and watching videos. However I can not tell you a single thing I learned from that. I learned how to fold the clothes and preform sales associate tasks by actually doing it, which makes sense. Another example is driving, I cannot stand driving for more than like a half hour, I can drive longer if I go somewhere like little pit stops but driving for long periods of time I find myself with a lot of anxiety and nervousness, and less focused. So I feel if we are able to more around a little more, maybe we will learn better and improve in school, work, and our daily lives.

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  13. I do sit for a long period of time and later get up to just move around. it feels bad when you need a break in a long block period and you cant so there should be breaks like we have in health class.

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