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:

"Our research showed that even small changes, which could be as little as standing up for one minute, might help to lower this health risk. It is likely that regular breaks in prolonged sitting time could be readily incorporated into the working environment without any detrimental impact on productivity, although this still needs to be determined by further research. 'Stand up, move more, more often' could be used as a slogan to get this message across."

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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