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Are you standing at work? Here is why you should not.

By Eric Söhngen, M.D., Ph.D. on Jan 7, 2020 10:04:37 AM

Standing Desks Are Overrated - They’re not cures for anything, and standing is not exercise.

A growing body of research suggests that many of the benefits claimed by standing desk evangelists are overblown. Simply put, there's no substitute for good, old fashioned movement and the our bodies have not evolved to stand. Nevertheless, standing desks have become trendy and are promoted by well-meaning safety professionals and even some countries.

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So you want to be an Intern in a Startup? A guide for prospective applicants.

By Eric Söhngen, M.D., Ph.D. on Dec 27, 2019 4:42:08 AM

Welcome to the Death Zone

In mountaineering, the death zone refers to altitudes above a certain point where the amount of oxygen is insufficient to sustain human life for an extended time span. This point is generally tagged as 8,000 m (26,000 ft, less than 356 millibars of atmospheric pressure).[1] 

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Sitting makes you resistant to exercise

By Colleen Chase on Nov 24, 2019 12:58:33 PM

Sedentary behavior leads to our bodies resisting the usual post-meal response improvements from exercise. This condition has been termed ‘exercise resistance’. Read on, because this article might be about you.


A recent landmark research study (Akins et al., 2019; Kim et al., 2016) has found that sedentary behavior such as sitting can cause our bodies to resist certain positive effects of exercise. This study examined how our bodies respond to meals, and found that people who engaged in prolonged sedentary behavior such as sitting develop ‘exercise resistance’, meaning their bodies do not show the same positive effects to exercise as those who are less sedentary. That comes with severe consequences, as we shall see.

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Walking away from Diabetes

By Eric Söhngen, M.D., Ph.D. on Sep 26, 2019 4:44:00 PM

An estimated 422 million people worldwide are affected by diabetes, with the global prevalence of the disease growing exponentially between 1980 and 2014 (from 4.7% to 8.5% of the global population). In 2015 alone, an estimated 1.6 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes. That’s equivalent to the entire country of Bahrain succumbing to the complications of the disease in a single year. Germany is already spending almost 20% on all healthcare related expenditures on the treatment of Diabetes type II.
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Sitting is bad for your brain- How sedentary behaviour affects our ability to learn.

By Eric Söhngen, M.D., Ph.D. on Sep 25, 2019 4:29:00 PM

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Thinkers survived

For millions of years, we moved. A lot. 15km per day at least. We exist, because we were able to coordinate complex hand movements with rational thinking while being on our feet! Smart hunting techniques or the ability to build more or less complex shelters alongside movement are just a few examples, proving how much of a survival advamtage it must have been to perform cognitive tasks while moving. This unique ability made us the ultimate predator in the animal kingdom and eventually lead to brain growth in the first place.

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By Eric Söhngen, M.D., Ph.D. on Sep 24, 2019 4:17:00 PM

The World Health Organization recommends 150 minutes of moderately intensive aerobic exercise per week. Most national health institutions advise a level of exercise within this same range. The fundamental question remains: does this recommendation stand up to the claim that this amount of physical exercise is sufficient for maintaining one’s physical and mental health? If you do the math, 150 minutes per week equates to a bit more than 20 minutes of exercise per day. Could such a short time frame be sufficient to counterweight the health hazards associating with sitting for 12 hours or more a day?

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Walking as a natural remedy for ADHD

By Eric Söhngen, M.D., Ph.D. on Sep 23, 2019 10:13:27 PM

What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Syndrome (ADHD) is a behavioral disorder increasingly diagnosed in childhood and adolescence and is characterized by one or more of the following characteristics: strong and difficult to suppress activity urge, difficulty concentrating, and impulsive behavior. ADHD has become the most frequently diagnosed behavioral disorder in childhood. In the USA, it is estimated that more than 2 million children of school age are affected (1,2). The incidence in children aged six to eleven is estimated to be around 7%. The current treatment options for ADHD are largely unsatisfactory as they offer only limited symptom relief and are often associated with severe side effects.(4)

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Researchers link sedentary lifestyle with structural changes in the memory center

By Eric Söhngen, M.D., Ph.D. on Sep 23, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Research in recent years has clearly shown that sitting is associated with a large number of actually preventable chronic diseases. The common basis of many of these diseases is the inability of the body to metabolize sugar and fats effectively during long periods of sitting.

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On a walk with Steve Jobs

By WALKOLUTION on Sep 20, 2019 4:22:00 PM

Visitors to Steve Jobs’ Palo Alto home or Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, were all too familiar with a habit that helped the Apple founder collect his thoughts and develop new ideas.

Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson didn’t know it when he first met Jobs, but he soon learned that Jobs would prefer to have serious conversations on long walks and so the most widely read biography of the Apple founder came about largely on walks. Jobs and chief designer Jony Ive were also frequently seen brainstorming on the Apple campus. Who knows, perhaps it was on these walks that the idea of the iPhone was born?


Mark Zuckerberg and Barack Obama are other well-known proponents of the “Walking Meeting

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The Transformative Power of Walking

By Dan Rubinstein on Sep 19, 2019 4:04:00 PM

For our physical and psychology health, more walking is a step in the right direction

Eight years ago, Canadian physician Dr. Mike Evans made a video that explored a simple pragmatic question: if somebody is sedentary for all but half an hour each day, what’s the most impactful thing they can do for their health in those remaining 30 minutes?

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Sit Less, Walk More: A Simple Solution for Reducing Your Cancer Risk

By Colleen Sands on Sep 17, 2019 3:43:00 PM

Is sitting increasing our risk of cancer? According to a recent review of current research, it may be no coincidence that cancer rates and sedentary behavior are both increasing globally. When compared to low sedentary behavior, high sedentary behavior increases the overall risk of cancer by up to an alarmingly 20%.

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