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The Risks of Sitting

Some doctors are saying that sitting is the new smoking. According to the Mayo Clinic, sitting, like smoking, is a pervasive problem that harms your health. Approximately 80 percent of Americans work a non-active job, making all-day sitting a common condition.

Lengthy, non-interrupted sitting causes poor circulation and low-calorie burn and is linked to various health problems, including obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, as well as stiffness, headaches and sluggishness.

Your job may require you to spend a considerable amount of time at a desk, or maybe you’re fond of all-day movie marathons. Try these tips to sit less, move more and improve your health:

Stand while talking on the phone or watching television.

Try a walking or standing meeting at work.

Stand up and stretch at least every hour.

Wear a pedometer and find ways to add steps into your daily routine.

Take the stairs when possible.

Consider walking or biking when commuting to work or running errands

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