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Health Crisis Sweeping the Globe

The dangerous decline in physical fitness is not limited to the U.S. The Telegraph reports that 1 in 3 Britons are considered at risk for a fatal heart attack. These troubling results were revealed in a study. A lack of exercise was blamed for this health crisis.

How many hours do you sit each day? If you're not sure, do a quick tally. For most people, cutting this number in half, or even in quarters, would go a long way toward improving their health. Sit less, move more. It's a motto worth repeating, especially as research accumulates showing just how detrimental prolonged sitting is for your body.

Remaining sedentary for long periods of time each day appears to accelerate aging at the cellular level. Diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer and premature death are just some of the chronic conditions linked to sitting too much.

The research is clear that sitting less is a simple, straightforward strategy to fight aging and chronic disease. If you work in an office environment, having access to a sit-stand desk is one of the most effective techniques to slash your sitting time. If you don't have a standing desk, it's possible to fashion one out of a regular desk by propping up your computer on a box or an overturned wastebasket. If standing isn't an option, you can reap many similar benefits by getting up from your chair every 20 minutes and taking a two-minute walk.

It can feel overwhelming to think about giving up your chair, but it's not an all-or-nothing proposition. Rather than focusing on not sitting, think about ways to move more. You might pace while talking on the phone or check your morning emails while doing squats in front of your computer. Many people also feel more comfortable having somewhere to put their foot while standing, such as a stepstool. Gradually, you'll get used to the idea of standing and will find that you don't automatically look for a chair the way you used to.
 
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