Friday, April 15, 2011

The Most Dangerous Thing You'll Do All Day

by Kris Pitcher

I don't usually like to cause alarm...but I came across this article and it's cause for alarm. The reality is many of us sit for much of the day. Recent studies show people who sit most of the day are 54% more likely to die from a heart attack. 54%! 

And this is a stand-alone factor (pun intended). Between jobs, sedentary entertainment and virtual "activity" we sit most of the day. We've got to find ways to decrease the number of HOURS we are sitting each day. 

Here are some of the strategies outlined in the article. Find the full article at the link below. Now get off your seat and read the rest!

Strategy #1: Take two breaks an hour. Grab a drink from the water fountain. Pop over to the cube next door to say hi. Or simply stand and stretch for a minute. AEuropean Heart Journal study of 5,000 men and women found that the quarter who took the most breaks during the day were 1.6 inches thinner than the quarter who took the least.

Strategy #2: Stand during phone calls. It may seem like a small thing but, as Hamilton told Masters: “Small choices will help move you in the right direction. . . . It all adds up, and it all matters.”

Strategy #3: Don’t write long emails. If crafting an email will take longer than 15 minutes, go talk to the person instead. Or stand up and call them.

And if that’s not enough (and it may not be) . . .

Strategy #4: Ask HR for a standup desk. Australian researchers found that workers who log more than 6 hours of seat time a day are up to 68 percent more likely to be overweight. If you make the changes above and your waistline isn’t shrinking, a standup desk may be the answer. Make sure the screen is at arm’s length, and the top at eye level. Position the keyboard so your elbows are bent 90 degrees. Men’s Health Senior Editor Bill Stieg built his own. Check it out.

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