Even if you exercise regularly, chronic sitting promotes chronic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. In fact, siting is an independent risk factor for early death. Standing, on the other hand, may reduce your risk of obesity by 35% if you stand for at least 6 hours per day. The longer you stand, the better. Men who stand 12 hours per day reduce their risk of obesity by 59%.*
Let’s make an effort to stand more. Set an alarm that reminds you to stand up and stretch, consider a standing desk at work, or make the effort to take a short walk at the top of every hour.
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