President's Rx: The Sitting Disease

Most Americans these days spend most of the time sitting. But, did you know standing a little more each day can help improve balance, discourage mindless snacking and even decrease the risk of blood clots in the legs by working calf, ankle and foot muscles?

A 2010 American Cancer Society study of 120,000 adults suggests the more people sit, the shorter their average life span. This "sitting disease" has been recognized by the scientific community to explain the ill effects of an overly sedentary lifestyle.

More and more workplaces are implementing sit-stand workstations that allow users to easily adjust the working height of their keyboard, mouse and computer screens from a seated position to a standing position.

However, if you don't have a sit-stand workstation, there are still a few things you can do to increase your movement in the office:

· Move your printer, scanner, photocopier and trashcan away from your desk.

· Vary your work tasks y so that you change your posture and use different muscles.

· Use the stairs instead of the elevator.

· Go for a light walk at lunch.

· Walk to your colleagues' desks instead of calling or emailing.

· Walk to the water cooler to refill your water bottle.

· Stand at the back of the room during presentations.

· Stand during phone calls.

· At home, stand during commercials.

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