There’s never been a better time than now to quit sitting, according to new research. Sitting for three or more hours a day can decrease your life expectancy by two years — even if you don’t smoke and are physically fit. What’s a sedentary office worker to do?
“Try to stand as much as you can,” said Peter T. Katzmarzyk, one of the lead researchers for the study. “Typically when you’re on the telephone you can stand with speaker phone. Instead of emailing someone in the office, just get up and go talk to them.”
Why the negative stance on sitting? When you’re seated, your leg muscles are totally inactive. Inactivity messes with the brain’s ability to regulate blood glucose, which opens the door to a plethora of other health issues.