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Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a handful of alarming health issues such as increased  blood pressure, high blood sugar, (the most hated result is) excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.

Prolonged sitting will probably increase the risk of death from cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

The obvious remedy to sitting disease is standing. Tips in lesser sitting time include standing while on the train or bus going to work, using a timer to stand up every 30 minutes, using a standing desk converter and alternate between sitting and standing.

While in the office setting, workers are encouraged to stand and walk while talking on the phone, be the initiator of standing coffee or tea break, visit and walk to the office of co-workers for task updates and if possible less screen time or stand while watching or doing house chores.

Standing is like walking since both activities use more energy, burn more calories, muscles are exercised and postures in proper sitting and standing is correct most of the time.

The most relevant effect of frequent movement and standing is the increased blood flow because it activates metabolism.

One of the policies of the American Medical Association (AMA) suggests the introduction of sitting alternatives, including standing desks or standing desk converters to employees to improve their health conditions.

A professor from Loughborough University whose advocacy is the campaign of ‘Weight Watchers’Dr Stuart Biddle, says: “To hit the gym for at least 30 minutes or more while still practicing sitting more in a day is not enough to counter the effects of prolonged sitting. You are still living an alarming sedentary lifestyle.”

Dr. Biddle suggests to stand and walk for at least 10 minutes in every an hour of work, especially to those who are tied to desk jobs. He added ‘an average adult could burn over 2,500 calories over one month.’ Do it consistently and you will burn at least 30,000 calories in a year or equivalent to at least 8 pounds. Congratulations, you can do it!

The statement of experts give emphasis on movement, and how it can have an impact on the health of individuals. Remember, that movement is free so do it more regularly.