Excessive sitting is bad for your health—it can lead to varicose veins, dangerous blood clots and neck and back strain. Sitting for seven or more hours per day can increase your risk of mortality by 30%, but fidgeting in your seat can decrease that risk. Fidgeting counteracts the ill effects of sitting—it gets your blood flowing, stretches your muscles and causes feel-good emotions to circulate in your brain.*
If you sit for most of the day, set an alarm so that at the top of every hour you are reminded to get up and stretch. Consider swapping our your desk chair for an exercise ball, or look in to stationary bike pedals that fit under your desk and can keep you moving.
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