Staying active at work will improve your health

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We all know we need to be more active, but there is increasing evidence that we also need to spend less time sitting down. Over the past 10 years, study after study has confirmed sitting for prolonged periods of time is harmful to your health.

More than half of the average person’s waking hours are spent sitting: working at a computer, commuting, watching television or other physically inactive pursuits, but all that sitting could be sending us to an early grave – even those who exercise up to an hour a day.*

Some of the negative effects include an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, links to high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol.**

Studies have linked excessive sitting with being overweight and obese – sitting for long periods can slow the metabolism, which affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat.***

Research also shows a 46 per cent increase in workplace productivity with use of standing desks.**** It is important to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day. Small changes like drinking water, getting up to walk around, investing in healthy snacks and even a quick stretch can help break up the day and give your body a refresher. Coupled with using a sit-stand workstation, you may burn up to 30 per cent more calories.*****

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Five tips to improve your health at work

1. Use a sit-stand workstation.

2. Stand and take a break from your computer every 30 minutes.

3. While on the phone, stand up and do some stretches.

4. Take the stairs! The stairs are a great way to increase your heart rate and tone up those legs.

5. Go for a short walk at lunchtime.

* Sedentary Time and Its Association With Risk for Disease Incidence, Mortality, and Hospitalization in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

** https://www.washingtonpost.com/apps/g/page/national/the-health-hazards-of-sitting/750/

*** https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/216370/dh_128210.pdf

**** https://vitalrecord.tamhsc.edu/boosting-productivity-at-work-may-simple-stand/

***** http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/much-sitting-linked-heart-disease-diabetes-premature-death-201501227618

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