In a recent report released by US News, 26% of the nearly 5,900 Americans polled report that they sit for more than eight hours a day. 11% of all respondents, or around one in ten, reported sitting for more than eight hours a week and not getting vigorous exercise in at other points during the week. With rates of blood pressure, hypertension, and heart disease on the rise, sitting for more than eight hours a day can play a role in the acquisition of these diseases.
Research in this area has found that even if you do an hour of intense exercise after you sit at your desk all day, it won’t eliminate all of the negative effects. Take steps in your own office to help get you and your coworkers moving. You can try investing in a standing or treadmill desk, having walking meetings, or taking the stairs to and from your office every morning.
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