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Write 3 peer responses consisting on 150 words each regarding the TED Talk (link provided above). Paragraph format.

I have listed my submission to the TED Talk, and have listed 3 of my classmates submissions to write peer responses to.

My Submission:
Based on the video, 23.5 hours refers to the time spent on doing things that are good for your health. Dr. Evans is recommending that people move more and sit less. He is not saying that one should be physically active for 23.5 hours, but rather, to do activities that get the heart rate up for a minimum of 23.5 hours in a day (Evans, 2011). That could be anything from taking the stairs to walking the dog to playing with kids.
What stuck out in my mind was how much time we spend sitting down. I’m not sure how many of us realize just how much time we spend sitting each day. Most of us probably think that we sit for a few hours a day and then get up and move around for the rest of the day and are just fine. But, as Dr. Evans points out in the video, that’s not the case at all. We spend most of our days sitting down, whether it is at work, at home watching TV or playing video games, or on the computer (Evans, 2011). So, if a person wants to improve their health and reduce their risk of chronic disease, they need to change that pattern and start moving.
As far as ideas go, I liked Dr. Evans’ idea of dividing a day into different blocks of time when you can be active (for example, a 12-hour block in the morning before breakfast) and times when you should be inactive (for example, 2 hours after dinner). It’s a great way to make sure you are active most of the day and to help you stay on track.
One piece of advice I can implement in my life is to go for a walk/ light jog or spend 30 minutes cycling every morning. I know that this would be good for me, and I also know that I will be more active throughout the day if I do it in the morning. I can implement this by just setting the alarm slightly earlier when I wake up to make sure that I have enough time to do it. I also know that I should take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible, as well as park further away in parking lots from my intended destination.

Classmate 1:
In the Ted Video, what Dr. Evans means by 23.5 hours is that we should try to limit our sitting at work or on the couch and sleeping to just 23.5 hours a day. While spending the rest of the time performing exercise. In the beginning of the video, he talks about preventive medicine. Which he included in his research cancer screening, eating more fiber, having a good social network, weighing less, drinking less, smoking less, controlling cholesterol and blood pressure. But, in order to see the benefits of our health, a person needs 30 to 60 minutes of physical exercise a day. He considers exercise as the best preventive medicine. I found it very interesting how exercise has improved so many health problems. Exercise has been shown to reduce patients with knee arthritis rates of pain and disability to 47%. It has even reduced progression of dementia and Alzheimer?s to 50%, diabetes to 58%, and much more. The most important message in this video is that exercise is a requirement in life to stay healthy. Most times there is no better action but to participate in daily activities. I think we could all benefit from the advice given in this video and implement it in our lives by doing as Dr. Evans says and dial back our sitting/sleeping to at least 23.5 hours. Spending at least 30 to 60 minutes a day exercising to improve depression, fatigue, diabetes, anxiety, and whatever else life may throw at us. The biggest cause of death is Cardiorespiratory Fitness (CRF) which means little to no fitness. There are so many ways to help keep a daily exercise routine and hold ourselves accountable. They have a Fitbit you can wear daily and monitor your movement. The same thing goes for an Apple Watch, it can track your steps, exercise, and calories burned throughout day. Main thing we should all focus on is making a schedule and sticking to it.

Classmate 2:
Thirty to sixty minutes a day of walking is staggeringly effective in battling heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and arthritis. It?s also good for your brain?reducing both anxiety and depression. Even just a small amount of light exercise, doing something rather than nothing, greatly improves overall health and quality of life. Can you limit your daily intake of sitting and sleeping to just 23.5 hours? Dr. Evans is asking us to just limit our sleeping and tv watching to just 23.5 hours a day. In other words we need to make time to walk or exercise for 30 minutes a day. Staying sedentary is horrible for our health. The first thing that sticks out in my mind is the statement ?so low fitness is the strongest predictor of death.? Another thing that stuck out to me was that I wish I could draw and have nice handwriting like that. Lol. The last thing I?ll mention is that you always here on the news that there is a new study showing ?if we do this, we could live longer?. It is impossible to incorporate all these different suggestions (ie: vitamins, protein shakes, etc.) and be disciplined with it. I like that he stated no matter what disease you have or bad habit you have, your health can improve by certain percentages by just walking each day. That?s it. Walking. It seems so simple. I like simple.
I know for me I want to know if it will improve my hypothyroidism? Will it improve my short term memory? It?s worth a try. I think I will park further away and walk further distances on campus. I can lay off drinking on the weekends. I think I will start my own clinical trial like the Japanese did. I?ll let you guys know how it goes by the end of the semester.

Classmate 3:
In the Ted video, the topic of exercise was deeply discussed to improve one’s health. He begins to mention how there are twenty-four hours in a day and all it takes is thirty minutes to exercise leaving you with 23.5 hours to do whatever you want. Depending on your age and how in shape you are it may be suggested to spend an hour being active but at least thirty minutes minimum. Dr. Evans mentioned how exercise doesn’t always mean you have to go out and run a marathon but you can motivate yourself to go outside for a walk. What stood out to me the most was how much walking for thirty minutes a day can affect someone’s health. Being active decreases the number of diseases, such as obesity, by such a high percentage. When people think of working out and being active they always think of how much time it takes, how tiring it is, and how intense it can be. We overestimate it and view it as such a complicated thing, but instead should start going on thirty-minute walks just to keep our bodies active and healthy. I would advise myself and others to not overthink working out and view it as something to have fun with. You can take your dog on a walk or enjoy the walk with one of your friends. When I think about working out I look at all of the exercises I am doing for the day and how much energy it will take out of me. When you focus on one thing at a time the task becomes easier and helps your brain work harder to concentrate on that one task instead of multiple at once. Exercise is not for everyone, but when it is broken up into smaller pieces and made into simpler segments then it is something everyone can accomplish.

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