4 Ways to Stand-up for Your Health (Literally!)


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We’ve all seen the headlines, where seemingly healthy office workers or college-age computer gamers have keeled over after marathon work or computer game bouts. Though rare, these stories are stunning reminders that sitting virtually motionless for extended periods is horrendous for your health. In fact, some are even calling it “the new smoking.” Behind the headlines, numerous studies indicate that hours of uninterrupted daily duff-time boosts heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer risk as well as the risk of premature death. Researchers think that the raised risks are connected to what happens in the body when sitting for long periods: circulation slows, the ability to manage glucose declines, muscles start to deteriorate, body fat starts to rise, and so on – all of which can spell tons of trouble for millions of people with sedentary jobs. Even if you have a regular exercise routine, it’s probably not enough to counteract the daily damage inflicted by an hour or two commuting in the car, another 8 –to-10 hours sitting at desk, plus an hour or so of couch-potato time in the evening.

So what’s an office-worker to do? Start by adding a lot more movement at frequent and regular intervals throughout the day to supplement your workout routine – and stand up for your health, ideally for more hours than you sit.

Here are a few ideas on how to get off your duff, cut down the number of hours you spend on it, and a few tools to help you do it. NEXT >>

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By Dr. Frank Lipman| April 19, 2015
Categories:  Care

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Dr. Frank Lipman

Dr. Frank Lipman

A pioneer and internationally recognized expert in the fields of Integrative and Functional Medicine, Dr. Frank Lipman is the founder and director of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, where his personal brand of healing has helped thousands of people reclaim their vitality and recover their zest for life.

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