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A study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine (Jan. 20, 2015) reported

that more than half of the average person’s waking hours are spent sitting and

it’s having a negative impact on our health. The researcher indicates that

sitting is the most underrated health hazard of the modern time and the health

consequences are wide ranging. Sedentary behaviors have been linked to heart

disease, type 2 diabetes and feelings of stress.

To minimize the negative impact of the sedentary behaviors, begin by making

small changes:

Stand while talking on the phone or eating lunch

Give yourself reminders to sit less by using an app

 At home, consider a TV commercial as your signal to get out of your

chair briefly

At work, use a smaller coffee cup or glass so your trips for refills will

be more frequent

Change social norms. At a meeting, you might explain, "I am going to

take a standing break."

The good news is that it does not take much to move around during the day.

You will notice that you will feel less fatigued at the end of the day and less

stressed. This change in lifestyle could start with a 1 minute standing break

every hour during the work day. Try to avoid sitting for more than 2 hours at

a time. Getting up and becoming more active will prompt you to want to stay

in motion. Standing and walking has positive benefits on productivity and

stress management.

EASE is a program that promotes a healthy and productive workplace. To

speak with a counselor call 800-882-1341.

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