Many people have sedentary jobs that result in a lot more time spent sitting than moving. Even regular exercise might not be enough to counteract the effects of too much sitting.
According to a recent study, men who were sedentary for more than 23 hours per week had a 64% greater risk of dying from heart disease than those who were sedentary less than 11 hours per week.
There are many things you can do to minimize the impact of too much sitting:
Get up frequently: Make sure you get up form your chair to stretch, march in place, or take a quick stroll outside at least once an hour.
Use an exercise ball for a chair: Sitting on an exercise ball engages your core muscles and helps improve balance and flexibility.
Stand: Whenever possible, do your work standing instead of sitting.
Cut back on TV, video game, and computer time at home: Make your leisure time as active as possible – play a game of hide-and-seek with your kids, take a yoga class, or go for a walk around your neighborhood.