Sitting is one of the most passive things you can do, you actually burn more energy by chewing gum or fidgeting than you do sitting still in a chair.
Men who normally walk a lot (about 10,000 steps per day, as measured by a pedometer) were asked to cut back (to about 1,350 steps per day) for two weeks, by using elevators instead of stairs, driving to work instead of walking and so on. By the end of the two weeks, all of them had become worse at metabolizing sugars and fats. [via New York Times]
A study of people who sit for many hours found that those who took frequent small breaks — standing up to stretch or walk down the corridor — had smaller waists and better profiles for sugar and fat metabolism than those who did their sitting in long, uninterrupted chunks. [via New York Times]
Watch the video above for exercises you can do while at the office.
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