Amy Fortier

Move it or lose it.


According to new research, sitting all day is bad for you. This is what I like to call a “Duh!” study.  We all know we’re supposed to exercise but it turns out that even if you exercise regularly but then sit all day you’re doing more harm than good.

According this article from NPR:

…mini-breaks, just one minute long throughout the day, can actually make a difference. You can simply stand up, dance about, wiggle around, take a few steps back and forth, march in place. These simple movements can help lower blood sugar, triglycerides, cholesterol and waist size.

My suggestion – set a timer on your computer, find a favorite song on YouTube, and throw yourself an hourly dance party. If you can get your coworkers to join in, so much the better! If the idea of public humiliation doesn’t float your boat, try using the restroom farthest from your desk, preferably on a different floor. Hopefully you are drinking enough water to make this an hourly trip anyway.