Research suggests that sitting is an independent risk factor for poor health and premature death, even if you exercise regularly.
In fact, according to Dr. Mercola, some recent studies show that “even if you are very fit, exercising as much as five times a week for a half hour to an hour each time, you can fall far short of optimum fitness if you sit most of the rest of the time. You’re even at an increased risk of dying prematurely.”
Dr. Joan Vernikos, former director of NASA’s Life Sciences Division and author of Sitting Kills, Moving Heals, suggests we can counter the negative effects of sitting. According to Dr. Vernikos, “the key is frequent intermittent interactions with gravity. Standing up 35 times at once will provide only a small percent of the benefit of standing up once every 20 minutes.” Standing up also encourages lipoprotein lipase activity, which helps your body burn fat for fuel.
If you are sitting, sit in an upright chair without armrests to encourage movement. Then get up regularly and stand for a while and do some simple exercises like jumping or squats. At Clean, one of our favorite ways to stay moving in the office is to use a rebounder.
This article was originally published on cleanprogram.com