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Live longer with this move every 30 minutes

Live longer with this move every 30 minutes

 

Paul Kochoa, PT, DPT, OCS, CGFI

 

What if I told you that you could improve your health and reduce your risk of death by doing one thing every 30 minutes?  That one thing…  Standing up.

The New York Times published an article today, “Get Up, Stand Up!”, about the connection between mortality and sitting.  We’ve covered the risks of sitting before several times, but this article quantifies it even more.

Decreasing mortality and improving our health is not just about avoiding sitting all together.  The push to avoid prolonged sedentary positions is good, but what is more important is if these bouts of sitting are prolonged sessions or broken up into smaller chunks throughout the day and how either affected longevity.

If you must be sitting for work or any other activity, the minimum to counteract the effects of sitting is to stand and move every 30 minutes.

As the New York Times article proposes, consider using an alarm every 30 minutes to remind yourself to stand and walk around, or even incorporate it in something you want or have to do, like getting coffee or making copies.

It can change your life.

 

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