How to Stay Active in the Office | Working Tips

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  • A growing body of evidence suggests that sitting in and of itself is an independent risk factor for poor health and premature death—even if you exercise regularly
  • To counteract the ill effects of sitting, simply standing up every 10 minutes or so is actually more effective than taking a walk. And, it’s not how long you stand up, but how many times you stand up that makes the difference
  • Making slight alterations to your individual work space can make a positive difference. Organize your office space in such a way that you have to stand up to reach oft-used files, the telephone, or your printer
  • Other alternatives include switching your office chair for an exercise ball or a straight-backed wooden chair without armrests, or alternating between sitting and using a standing workstation
  • To build more activity into your day, consider walking across the hall to talk to a coworker instead of sending an email, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and parking your car further away from the entrance
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