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Lack of Exercise Puts 1 in 4 People at Risk, WHO Says

The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned that inactivity is putting a quarter of the world’s citizens at risk of health problems, ranging from heart to disease to diabetes to cancer, BBC reports. The report found that those with desk jobs are among the most sedentary; higher income countries more so than lower; and women more so than males throughout the world.

The good news is that it is possible to get active even if you do have a sedentary job. You can begin by simply vowing to stand up, sit less and move more. For example, try elevating your computer so you can stand while you work — or, better yet, ask if it’s possible for your employer to give you a standing desk, something I’ve done for all my employees.

You also can stand while you’re on the phone, take a 10-minute walk during your lunch hour and perhaps even suggest “walking” meetings, wherein your group walks together for discussions, as opposed to sitting around a table. Doing simple exercises at your desk can also be beneficial. If you need proof that small adjustments like this contribute to your overall health, studies show that just 20 to 25 minutes of walking per day may add anywhere from three to seven years to your life span!

Once you’re up and moving it’s fairly easy to move on to regular exercise that involves stretching, weight training and more aerobic challenges, all of which can get and keep you on the road to health. If you don’t think you have time to exercise, I have even better news for you: One of my favorite exercises, the Nitric Oxide Dump, takes only four minutes to complete, and you can do it anywhere, any time.

This four-minute workout, done three times a day, capitalizes on your body’s release of nitric oxide, which plays an important role in muscle development and growth. It may be hard to believe, but in those few minutes you can get the same benefits as if you’d worked out in a gym for an hour.

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