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Sitting Is The New Smoking

man sitting in front of laptopStudy after study confirms what you already knew: sitting for long periods of time is not good for your health.

In one study, a group of men was required to sit for six hours. They were allowed to read or use a computer. Researchers measured their blood flow – both before and after their session of being seated.

The results show that six hours of sitting is not healthy. The vasculature function in one of the leg’s main arteries was reduced by more than 50 percent. In addition, researchers discovered that prolonged sitting also reduced blood flow to the arms. A 10-minute stroll reversed the effects of being seated on the legs, but it did not improve the decreased function in the arms.

Tips for office workers who spend long hours at their desks:

  • Opt for a stand-up desk or an adjustable desk that converts from sitting to standing as needed. Be aware, however, that prolonged standing should also be avoided.
  • Get some exercise during your lunch break.
  • Stand up during coffee breaks, and when you’re on the phone.
  • You can get an app for your phone that reminds you when it’s time to stand.

Get up and move for at least 10 minutes every hour.

Too much sitting also leads to poor posture, with its own associated health issues and drawbacks such as forward head posture, lower back pain, migraines, fatigue, and neck pain.

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