“Sitting for extended periods of time can be bad for you, your health.”

Although this sounds true, it is not the actual sitting that is to blame.

People who sit a large part of their day is more at risk to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, high blood pressure.

These are all symptoms of obesity, so sitting as such is not the problem, it is the lack of movement. Sitting in front of the TV is just as harmful as sitting behind the wheel of a car or a truck or sitting behind a desk at work.

Start by getting up more often, just movement in general will help control these symptoms, take a little break and walk to the kitchen, or just a stroll around the office or house will do, if driving, stop and stretch your legs and move a little bit.

Standing is not necessarily better for your health as it is also seen as a posture where energy expenditure is low.

Lack of movement can lead to organ damage, muscle degeneration, weight gain, back and neck pain.

Move your legs, feet and even your head from time to time as to keep the circulation going, some of the experts suggest you combine and alternate standing and sitting time.

It all comes back to movement, so do yourself a favour and get up from time to time, and move around, it won’t reverse the negative effect but it will give your body a much needed break.

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