Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dangers of prolonged sitting

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An article in The Atlantic, "Confirmed: He who sits the most dies the soonest", references research that shows sitting for extended periods of time is bad for your health.  A startling finding from the research was that people who sat more than 11 hours a day are 40 percent more likely to die within the next three years than those who sat less than 4 hours a day.  Doesn't that kinda makes you want to get off your butt?

Stand up desks are one way that people are able to get more movement during the day.  Some work places even encourage walking meetings, that tend to be both productive and shorter than traditional sit down meetings. Simple short walks throughout the day can both help get one's mind moving in addition the blood circulating.

What are some things you might do to get moving and free from sitting?

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