Science shouts: Stand up every 20 minutes!

Studies have shown that our bodies can benefit from simply standing up, contracting muscles, and moving. Think of standing as pressing a proverbial reset button on your body. If you press the reset button before the timer hits 20 minutes, you’ll avoid any of the negative side effects of a sedentary job. Simply stand up every 20 minutes (even if you do nothing else) you can change how your body adapts physiologically. In fact, studies indicate convincingly that standing up about every 20 minutes, even for only a minute or two, reduces your risks of developing diabetes and heart disease.*

By standing up, you cause the big muscles in your legs and back to contract, which leads to an increase in certain enzymes that break up fat in the blood stream. You don’t have to jog in place or do jumping jacks. Just simply stand!

How about standing while you work? Perhaps the most obvious idea of how to stand and move more at work is to convert your workstation with a standing desk. If you’re interested to try this for yourself, best advice is to start small and inexpensive. And take things slow. I personally believe that a stand, sit, move combination works best.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Get yourself an economical egg timer and set it to go off every 20 minutes and stand….

-Lawrence Woods

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