gina petro, music producer and artist

Sitting Active While Making Music

Because sitting still is bad for people, the less one sits, the better. But, some activities require a seated posture, and for these beloved or necessary tasks it seems sitting was unavoidabl...

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Effortless Fitness: Why there are no gyms in Japan

Japanese people embrace walking as regular exercise. As a result, few people use gyms, but experience life-long health benefits. Could active sitting provide the same benefits as regular walking?

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Obesity and Health: The roles of diet and activity

This week’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine blandly recounts this stunning conclusion: “By 2030 nearly 1 in 2 adults in the US will be obese, and 1 in 4 will have severe obesity”. Th...

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The limits of willpower (and how to hack them)

Willpower is a concept that we take for granted, because it seems obvious: an impulse arises, we think it over, and then decide whether or not to act on that impulse. Simple. But willpower actuall...

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How many steps?

Tracking your steps? Add in your fidgets. How many steps do you take in a day? Once upon a time that would have been an absurd question but now, most of us have a device that simply tells us...