Nails Magazine

MAR 2015

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The problem is that our bodies function completely differently when we're sitting than when we're standing up and moving around. We don't burn calories or store fat as effciently, and our brains even function differently during prolonged sitting. We use a different type of energy when we're standing as opposed to sitting, and scientists have a name for it: non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT). This energy — the type of energy we use for daily tasks requiring movement like taking stairs, doing laundry, shopping, etc., is the kind of energy our bodies were designed to expend. According to Time, when we sit most of the day, our bodies only burn about 300 NEAT calories per day as compared to someone like a coffee shop barista who spends most of her shift standing/moving and burns up to 1,300 extra NEAT calories per day. TAKE A STAND Despite the bad news about sitting all day, the good news is that there's a pretty simple solution: Stand up every hour and move for at least 10 minutes. This may be easier said than done, but awareness is the frst step. When you're booked with back-to-back clients, hours can pass without you even realizing it. "Once I realized how long I was sitting without standing up and moving around, I rearranged my whole system," says Debbie Escamilla of Hand to Toe Nail Services in Merced, Calif. "Now I make sure that I don't have everything within my reach that is necessary. For instance, my towel cabbie is across the room from where I do pedicures, so I need to get up at least twice during a 45-minute pedicure." It's also important to schedule enough time to take breaks between clients, and ideally a longer break in the middle of the day. It can be diffcult to do this when you have clients who are insistent about getting in on a particular day or time, but in the end, it's an investment in your health and your career. Marsee Essington of Nails by Marsee in Mount Pleasant, Pa., is aware of this and now makes sure to take a half-hour break to walk around the block. "I have a headset and tennis shoes, and it takes me 15 minutes," Essington says. "I always feel so much better after I do it. It gives me energy for the rest of the day." "I don't think most of us realized when we started doing nails how it really takes a toll on our bodies," says Kathy Dent of Salon Glow in Reno, Nev. "It's really hard to stay ft when we sit all day, usually in a very unhealthy position. The most important thing I do is schedule enough time for each appointment so that I have enough time between clients to get up and walk around a bit. I could probably squeeze in an extra client each day, but it's more important to take what steps we need to enable us to keep doing this job that we love." MARCH 2015 | NAILS MAGAZINE | 161 Over a lifetime: In a study conducted by The American Cancer Society, it was found that men who spent six hours or more per day sitting had a death rate 20% higher than those men who sat for three hours or less per day. For women, the death rate for those who sat more than six hours per day was approximately 40% higher than that of women who sat three hours or less. Here's what happens as soon as you sit down: Electrical activity in the muscles shuts of. Metabolism drops to only one calorie burned per minute, about 1/3 of what it would be if you were standing and moving around. Within just one day: Your risk of Type 2 diabetes rises, as insulin efectiveness drops 24%. Your risk for obesity rises as well; the enzymes responsible for breaking down lipids and triglycerides drops by 90%, which causes the levels of good (HDL) cholesterol to fall by 20%. >>>

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