Every day this week I have spent far too many hours seated at my laptop. I’m sure many can relate to this but I’m not good at being still. I have a standing desk which I usually use intermittently with sitting but I can’t access it at the moment. One of the things we learnt this week was about Sedentary Death Syndrome (SeDS) – finding out just how bad sitting for extended periods of time really is for you. Not great to hear this week but I did get my research project questionnaire and intervention completed and a first full draft of a report for another assessment. So hopefully the sitting was all worth it!
For the research project module, we have no more lectures or sessions this semester, they’re letting us get on with our projects undisturbed. For Nutrition and Performance, I had a lecture about Nutrition, Performance and Aging, so working with older athletes and it truly was fascinating. There are some great things I learnt below. Our tutorial was more exam prep so nothing exciting. So not too much interactive uni work mainly just me tapping away on my laptop keyboard getting stuff done.
I did find out that after all the work to get my research project ready to go for Monday it hasn’t been given the go ahead so I’m waiting to hear back from my supervisor to find out what’s going to happen. This could turn out to be a really big deal or just a slight delay. I’m hoping for the latter but am a little too exhausted to worry too much!
Personal learning this week: Starting is often the hardest part, just start writing words, you can change it latter.
Interesting things I’ve learnt this week:
- Women live longer than men but in poorer health – of course this is a generalisation and is based on UK data. Both men and women both have an average healthy life expectancy of approx. 64 years old but then men have 16 years further life expectancy in poor health and women 19 years in poor health.
- Physiological functioning reaches a maximum around age 30 years old – I’ve reached my peak! This does not mean you can’t be fitter and healthier when you’re older than when you’re younger but your optimum physiological functioning will be at it’s highest about 30 – whether you make the most of that is up to you!
- Liver and kidneys lose 40-50% function between 30 and 70 years – I was so shocked at this one. That’s a lot!!!!!