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Why Standing in One Place Makes Your Legs More Sore Than Walking

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  • Standing still requires constant activity from a few muscles to keep you upright; walking helps to distribute the burden
  • Your heart can’t pump blood as effectively when you’re standing still, which may lead to swollen legs and feet
  • Standing is far preferable to excess sitting, but ideally you should move around regularly rather than simply standing still

By Dr. Mercola

Some 10,000 publications have shown that excessive sitting is harmful to your health, irrespective of other lifestyle habits, including an excellent exercise program. There are at least 24 different chronic diseases and conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, associated with excess sitting.


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