Why Standing Up Right Now Is Good for Your Health

We all know that too much sitting and too little exercise isn't good for one's health. But a new study suggests that taking breaks from sitting, even as little as a minute, might make a big difference.

Quite simply, the more breaks you take, the better it is for your waist-line. Dr. Genevieve Healy, a research fellow at the School of Population Health at The University of Queensland, Australia who led the study says:

Dr. Healy even offered up a few practical and easy suggestions like:

  • Standing up to take phone calls
  • Walking to see a colleague rather than phoning or emailing
  • Taking the stairs when possible
  • Using the bathroom on a different level

Dr. Healy believes that all the sitting we do adds up, and says, "in theory, population-wide reductions in sedentary time of between one to two hours a day could have a substantial impact on the prevention of cardiovascular disease."

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