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Why Sitting at Your Computer All Day Can Wipe You Out

If you spend your whole day sitting and still feel exhausted at the end of the day, you are not alone. New York Magazine reports that exerting your mind will drain you physically, but what they don’t take into account is the massive physical toll that prolonged sitting can have on your body.

Your body is designed for regular movement, but many Americans spend the bulk of their day sitting still instead. On average, a US adult spends nine to 10 hours each day sitting, which is so much inactivity that even a 30- or 60-minute workout can't counteract its effects. 

It's not that sitting is inherently dangerous… the danger is in the dose. While a brief period of sitting here and there is natural, long periods of sitting day-in and day-out can seriously impact your health and shorten your life. Worse still, many Americans don't fit in a workout or a long walk either, which means their bodies are virtually always in a sedentary state.

It sounds simple, doesn't it? Simply get up and move. The reality can be harder to get used to, since most people are so used to sitting while they work, eat, and watch TV. I recommend using a pedometer, or better yet, one of the newer wearable fitness trackers that can also give you feedback on your sleeping patterns, which is another important aspect of good health. At first, you may be surprised to realize just how little you move each day.

Setting a goal of say 7,000 to 10,000 steps a day (which is just over three to five miles, or 6-9 kilometers) can go a long way toward getting more movement and less sitting into your life. This should be over and above any exercise regimen you may have. I personally am doing about 14,000-15,000 steps a day. The only way I can get this many steps in is to walk for 90 minutes. Tracking your steps can also show you how simple and seemingly minor changes to the way you move around at work can add up.
 
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