Stand Up to Help Your Health

Stand Up to Help Your Health

Easy ways to start standing more during the day (no standing desk required).

Sitting all day at a desk or in front of the TV may not only leave you feeling achy and stiff—it could also cause lasting damage to your health. Obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease have all been associated with spending more time sitting down—even for people who meet the guidelines for physical activity recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week, plus strengthening exercises).

Don’t let that statistic discourage you—and don’t feel like you need to do something drastic, like quit your job or beg your boss for a treadmill desk (though, if she’s offering…). You can counteract the negative effects from sitting too long simply by… standing. Yes, one of the easiest and most effective things you can do to offset the negative effects of sitting is to simply stand up. A recent article in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity suggests aiming to stand for five minutes out of every 30 minutes.

—Lindsay Westley

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