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Sitting Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Posted Feb 26 2010 12:00am
We're a nation of sitters. We sit in rush-hour traffic; we sit at our desks at work; and we sit in front of the TV in the evening. According to a New York Times opinion blog , all that sitting may put you at risk for serious chronic health problems--even if you exercise.

"Sitting is one of the most passive things you can do," the Times blog says. "You burn more energy by chewing gum or fidgeting than you do sitting still in a chair." Given that it only takes an extra 30 calories a day to gain a two or three pounds in a year, that extra movement is important. Studies also suggest that long periods of inactivity during the day can change the way the body metabolizes fats.

Even as a wellness company, our office sometimes become too sedentary. We have to make time for movement. Some of our employees have replaced their office chairs with exercise balls, which is one easy suggestion the Times blog makes. Why not take a walk around the block during your breaks, or even just around the hallways of your office building?

If you don't mind looking a little silly, you and your coworkers can do what we do--form a conga line and lunge the hallways. If nothing else, it gives our office neighbors sometimes to talk about! This video from the Mayo Clinic will teach you how to lunge with good form.
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