Sitting at a computer all day for work got you worried? Here's how to counteract sitting all day

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Brenda Braslow
Brenda Braslow, MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES)

When it feels like sitting is the new smoking, wondering how to counteract sitting all day becomes as much a health concern as limiting calories and avoiding carcinogens. The good news is a study that included around 8,000 people showed that light-intensity movement for 30 minutes a day may reduce the risk of death incurred by sitting.

How to counteract sitting all day

Studies say it's time to learn how to counteract sitting all day

Most of us sit an awful lot! In fact, one study showed that 1 in 4 adults sit over 8 hours per day! It has been proven that prolonged time spent sitting can cause such health consequences as an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, certain kinds of cancers, and premature death. Fortunately, studies indicate that even modest replacements of small amounts of sitting with light physical activity may reduce the risk of premature death.

Here's how to reduce sitting time day after day:

Anything you can do to add minutes of exercise will help you combat the 40+ hours of inactivity each week. Before long, you'll feel energized during long days at a desk and also avoid hitting that afternoon "wall" because you've learned how to counteract sitting all day.

Original contributions by Ryan Newhouse.

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Oct 2, 2020

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