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Three ways to reduce sitting time at work

Muscle and Fitness Hers logo Muscle and Fitness Hers 17/09/2015 Diana Kelly

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If you’re high-fiving yourself for hitting the gym but then sit on your duff the rest of the day, you’re still likely to be at a higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and early death, according to a recent review study. The study found that while regular exercise has numerous health benefits, when coupled with mostly sedentary behavior it may not reduce the harmful effects of sitting for long periods of time. Celebrity trainer Joel Harper shares his tips to help you reduce sitting time and get moving more throughout the day.

Get fresh blood to your head with this stretch: With feet flat on the ground, slowly bend forward as low as comfortable at waist. Alternate bending one knee, other leg straight, allowing your head to dangle down; stretch each side for 15 seconds.

Move while you talk. Stand up and pace every time you are on a conference call in your office or talking on your cell phone.

Do wall sits while writing lists. Slowly walk your feet away from the wall and come into a right angle, knees above ankles. Keep shoulders against the wall and chin up. Keep your arms bent and up with your notepad and pen. Hold until you finish your list.

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