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Sitting for too long is Bad so Get up and Move around as often as you can.

By Shannon Pierce

After playing sports in high school, and walking to class in college, or even playing sports and exercising in college, even the best athletes or health gurus may eventually find themselves suddenly sitting at a desk at their 9-5 job. The transition from active to sedentary can be confusing for our bodies, our metabolism and our minds. One would think the body can rest or benefit from sitting, but lately studies have been popping up saying it is deadly. So, what are the consequences of sitting and what can we do to prevent them?

The Huffington Post explains, when we sit for too long, we may put ourselves at risk for a lower life expectancy, larger rear-ends, and a slowing metabolism. We may even increase our risk of metabolic syndrome, stroke, overall risk of death, and heart attack. Yikes!

TIME’s Healthland reported, “Prolonged sitting has been shown to disrupt metabolic function resulting in increased plasma triglyceride levels, decreased levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and decreased insulin sensitivity." Dr. Hidde van der Ploeg, researcher at University of Sydney’s School of Public Health in Australia also noted in TIME, sitting for 11 hours or more increases the risk of death by 40 percent, no matter what type of exercise or activity we do.

So, why not just stand? Although we burn more calories standing, it is not a cure-all for the sitting problem. Men’s Health explains too much standing can damage our legs, knees, and lower back. Stand as long as you are comfortable. Standing and sitting in moderation, or a 50:50 ratio could do the trick.

Extreme exercise or prolonged activity unfortunately does not counteract all of the sitting either. Instead, try some of these tips:

Take as many breaks as you can. Drink out of a cup of water and fill it at the water cooler frequently throughout the day. Take a simple walk down the hall to tell a co-worker something, rather than e-mailing.

Try some stretches at your desk to get the blood flowing, or look up “Office Yoga” for some tips. Sitting on a yoga ball could help you engage your core, work your back muscles and improve your balance all at the same time.

Finally, if you have a meeting with someone, make it a walking meeting, or go walk to the coffee shop next door.

All of these tips can lead you to a smaller waist and better health.


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