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Tips for Staying Active in the Office to Counteract the Ills of a Sedentary Job

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  • A growing body of evidence suggests that sitting in and of itself is an independent risk factor for poor health and premature death—even if you exercise regularly
  • To counteract the ill effects of sitting, simply standing up every 10 minutes or so is actually more effective than taking a walk. And, it’s not how long you stand up, but how many times you stand up that makes the difference
  • Making slight alterations to your individual work space can make a positive difference. Organize your office space in such a way that you have to stand up to reach oft-used files, the telephone, or your printer
  • Other alternatives include switching your office chair for an exercise ball or a straight-backed wooden chair without armrests, or alternating between sitting and using a standing workstation
  • To build more activity into your day, consider walking across the hall to talk to a coworker instead of sending an email, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and parking your car further away from the entrance

By Dr. Mercola

Nearly 70 percent of costs associated with health care are due to preventable conditions, and new research confirms that spending long hours sitting down during commuting and working can play a significant role in the development of chronic disease.

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