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Sitting Disease May Be Killing You—Here’s an Easy Cure

“Sitting disease” is the colloquial term for leading a sedentary lifestyle. Symptoms frequently co-occur with other diseases, such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Too much time sitting down may spell seriously bad news for your health. Here are 5 ways to get out of your seat and back to a healthy lifestyle.

1. Move regularly. Stretch, turn, and bend for 10 minutes each hour. Set an alarm to remind you to get up and move regularly throughout the day.

2. Fit in extra exercise. Look for opportunities within the context of your day for extra opportunities to move. For example, take the stairs instead of the elevator, park your car further away from the store, go for a walk at lunch instead of sitting in the breakroom, or use the restroom on a different floor. Get creative and look for new ways to move more.

3. Stand more. Take advantage of new standing desks at work or get up while you talk on the phone. Instead of sitting at your next meeting, stand—not only will you benefit physically but the meeting will go faster, too!

4. Rethink transportation. Can you walk or bike to work instead of driving? Can you take mass transit and stand on the bus or train? Even small changes can make a big difference—park on the opposite side of the park or get off the train one stop early.

5. Multitask. Don’t just sit there and watch television. At the same time, you can clean the kitchen, fold laundry, or exercise and stretch. Often the TV can serve as a distraction while doing tasks you might not love to do. There are multiple benefits here—some unpleasant tasks get done while improving your health and fitness.

Don’t let “sitting disease” shorten your lifespan. There is an easy cure. Regularly engage in one or more of these 5 activities and you will dramatically improve your overall wellbeing.