November 01, 2019

Sit less, live longer

While no one is denying the importance of rest, too much sitting isn't a good thing. In fact, research has shown that the more time people spend sedentary, the higher their risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, certain cancers and earlier death.

To minimize sitting time:

  • Take breaks — Whether it means rising to get a glass of water, to take out the trash, or to do some squats or simple stretches, take a break from sitting every 30 minutes. Set an alarm if this helps you stay conscious of the time.
  • Stand while preoccupied — While you're on the phone or watching television, stand or move around rather than spending the time seated on the couch or in a chair. Using cellphones with ear pieces can help you take a walk outside when having a phone conversation.
  • Try a standing desk — If you frequently use a desk at home or at work, consider switching to a version that allows you to change between standing and sitting while using it. You can also improvise with a high table or counter. Treadmill desks, which add physical activity, are another option.
  • Take your meetings on the go — Whether it's a work or volunteer meeting or a coffee date with friends, suggest taking a walk while you talk.
  • Invest in a fitness monitor — These devices can alert you when you've spent too much time without...