Many of us have jobs that keep us sitting at our desks, getting up infrequently to move around. But study after study links inactivity with dying earlier from diseases like cancer, so it’s in our best interest to get some exercise – even while we’re at work.
American Cancer Society Managing Director of Nutrition and Physical Activity Colleen Doyle, MS, RD, has some tips to keep you active during your workday.
If you work at a computer, you likely have access to tools and resources that can help you be more active at work.
Companies that sell standing desks claim they provide health benefits, including weight loss, reduced back pain, improved mental health, lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and greater life expectancy.
However, there is not clear evidence that standing instead of sitting at a desk all day burns significant calories. Health experts do agree that taking frequent walking breaks, even short ones while at work, can lead to better health and help you live longer.
Experts advise that if you do try a standing desk, start slowly (stand for just 30 minutes to an hour a day) and increase gradually.
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