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This 2 Minute Trick Can Reverse the Effects of Oversitting

June 30, 2015 1 min read

Sitting for extended periods of time has been shown to be damaging to our health. It can increase our risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, circulation issues and kidney problems. In a study conducted by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana, a startling 54% of people who oversit (sitting without moving for more than 3 hours a day) will experience a heart attack. So what are we to do if we have jobs that require prolonged sitting?

New research has proven that a brief, 2 minute walk between hours of sitting can drastically improve our health. Replacing 2 minutes of sitting with even gentle walking can reduce the health risks, which is encouraging for researchers. Even walking up a few flights of stairs helps get your muscles and heart going, despite it being a non-exercise practice.

Try parking farther away from the office to get a nice morning walk, or standing in your next meeting. Walk to the printer, the fountain or just take a walk around the office floor. Creating a movement pattern in your body builds up your strength, while providing a variety of activity that will keep you alert, focused and energized.

You don't need to splurge on a trendy treadmill desk or bounce around on a stability ball to combat oversitting. In fact, those products can actually be distracting, and they make it hard to type while using. They can even cause lower back pain after prolonged use.

Try these tips for oversitting at your workplace and let us know what you do to get yourself up and moving!

 

 


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