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Can sitting at your desk all day kill you?

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Can sitting at your desk all day kill you?

Take a second and think about how much you're on your butt all day. Maybe you ride the bus/sit in the car to and from work, you sit at your desk all day, you get home and do some chores, call you mom and have a seat while she talks your ear off, then plant your butt firmly on the couch to watch your fave shows. And if you're anything like me, you don't even get up from your desk for lunch. The danger of sitting on your butt all day Turns out sitting on your but all day can kill you. Recent medical studies show that those who sit for most of the day are 54 per cent (!) more likely to have a heart attack. If you want to lead a healthy life it's time to get off your butt. [caption id="attachment_1563" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Get up and out of your chair!"] Get up and out of your chair![/caption] 6 ways to add some movement to your day 1. Get off the bus or subway one stop earlier than usual. This way you're forced to take a short walk at the start and end of your day. 2. Get up for lunch. Even if you're too busy to take a full lunch, it's important to stand up, have a stretch and move around. 3. Take two quick breaks throughout your work day. Get up, walk around the office and sit back down feeling refreshed. 4. Do a mini desk workout. 5. Don't sit down while you talk on the phone. Pace around or do a few exercises (I've been known to do squats or calf raises while talking to my aunt). 6. Shut off the television and head out on a 30 minute walk with your family. If you try to sit a little less every day you may live longer, feel more energized and even shed a few pounds. How do you make sure you get off your butt?
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