7 Ways To Fight The Health Risks of Sitting (Without Standing All Day)

3. Go ahead and get up!

The 2012 study published by the American Diabetes Association found that interrupting long periods of sitting with just two-minute bursts of walking every 20 minutes made a significant difference in lowering post-meal glucose levels. In fact, the two-minute activity segments made a difference regardless of the activity intensity. The study compared three groups: those who sat for prolonged periods without interruption, though who took two-minute breaks to walk at a light-intensity, and those who took two-minute breaks for moderate-intensity walking. Both groups of walkers saw lower plasma glucose levels as compared to the uninterrupted group—about 23 to 30 percent, which is similar to the change after an “acute bout” of moderate-intensity exercise for overweight individuals.

Conclusion? If at all possible, work walking breaks into your sitting schedule. Set a timer, take the long way around for bathroom breaks, or do whatever it takes to go for a healthy stroll!

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Photo: AdobeStock/digitalskillet1

4. Stand up!

Standing up uses more muscles than sitting and requires your metabolism to work more so than walking does. If a standing desk or standing meetings are an option, try to utilize them more throughout the day, even if you can’t stand for a whole eight hours. You’ll burn more calories standing, so take a stand for your health!

Photo: AdobeStock/Sergey Nivens
Photo: AdobeStock/Sergey Nivens

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