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Your Office Life Is Destroying Your Butt

If your hiney is hurting in more ways than one and you can’t figure why, it could be that you just sit too much, especially if you spend most of the day sitting — as most office workers do. It may be surprising to learn, but sitting too long — even on the toilet — can lead to backaches and other not-so-pleasant illnesses like hemorrhoids, diarrhea and constipation, Mel Magazine reports. The good news is that there are things you can do to prevent your office life from killing your butt, and they’re easier than you think.

While problems with your rear end may not be what immediately comes to mind when you think about problems with sitting too much, they certainly can get your attention if you’re the one suffering from them. But even if you don’t have hemorrhoids or other bottom disorders, the “bottom” line is sitting kills, while moving heals.

On the other hand, simply standing up over 30 times a day is a powerful antidote to long periods of sitting. If that sounds daunting, you can achieve this by taking opportunities to move whenever you can, for example, standing while you take a phone call, or inviting coworkers to “do” a meeting with a walk.

If you’re stuck at a computer all day, you might even ask your employer if they can give you a standing desk — something I offer to all my employees. If that’s not possible, perhaps you could pile a few books or boxes on top of each other and create a stand for your computer, so you can choose to stand when you want.

Other motion-related activities you can do during a workday could be to take a 10-minute walk after lunch, parking as far away from the office building as you can (giving you a little walk twice a day, then) and even squeezing in a few exercises during a short break. For example, one of my favorites is the Nitric Oxide Dump, which can be done in just a few minutes, anywhere, any time.

Oh — and before you get lured in by “research” from 2015 showing that sitting doesn’t harm you at all, look a little deeper into that research, which was questionable from the start, since the researchers themselves noted that the “sitting” study participants were probably less sedentary than they thought.

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