Your risk of dying increases nineteen-percent if you sit more than six hours a day, according to a HealthDay News article shared on WebMD. The statistic comes from a recent study performed by the American Cancer Society.
The study also suggested 14 potentially deadly conditions are linked to extended hours of sitting including cancer, stroke, heart disease and diabetes. For a complete list of conditions, click here.
You can decrease the amount of sitting you do during the day with a little creativity, even if you have a desk job. Some experts suggest standing up at least once every hour or half hour. Stretching, standing and walking around frequently throughout the day can decrease the effects prolonged sitting has on the body.
Here are a few tips to keep you moving throughout the day.
- If you wear a fitness band, set a timer to remind you to stand up every 30 minutes.
- Sneak in quick exercises at your desk like wall squats and desk push-ups.
- Walk as often as possible. Go to a coworker’s office instead of sending an email to ask questions. If you’re the boss, hold meetings outside when the weather is appropriate, or allow your employees to stand during meetings.
- Sit on a stability ball instead of an office chair. You’ll engage your core muscles to stay balanced.
- Take the stairs.
- Use a tablet or phone to check emails so you can walk around while you do it.
For more on how to keep moving for your health, check out this great article by the Today show.
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