Fitness and Sports Medicine Clinic at Columbia Mall

Fitness & Sports Medicine Clinic

5/21, 11-3, Columbia Mall

It’s Friday!  Time to shake off the sedentary work week and jump into fitness. National Public Radio recently reported that sitting all day is worse for you than you might think.

According to a study by epidemiologist Steven Blair, a professor of public health at the University of South Carolina, sitting or sedentary activity of more than 23 hours per week increases the risk of dying from heart disease – even if you participate in a regular exercise program.  “We’re finding that people who sit more have less desirable levels of cholesterol, blood sugar, triglycerides and even waist size,” Blair said.  The answer?  Take lots of small breaks.  Get up and get moving periodically throughout the day.  Discovery Fit & Health suggests these 10 exercises that you can do at your desk or even at the copy machine.  Or, if you are even more ambitious, consider asking your boss to invest in a desk treadmill and do your part for health-chair reform!

Be sure to stop by the Columbia Mall tomorrow, May 21 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and visit the free Howard County General Hospital Fitness and Sports Medicine Clinic where you can learn more fitness tips, talk with physician experts and participate in free screenings.  Graduates of HCGH’s Joint Academy are invited to join a walk around the mall at 8:30am before the clinic. Speaking of joint replacement, the HCGH Wellness Center is offering a free seminar on total hip and knee surgery on Tuesday, 5/24.

Finally, consider signing up for the hospital’s “Pre Diabetes and What You Can Do About It” class on June 8, 2011.



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