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The researchers stressed that while exercise still plays an important role in staying fit and healthy, avoiding sedentary behavior throughout the day is just as important as hitting the gym after hours. “If you are stuck at your desk for a while, shift positions frequently, get up and stretch in the middle of a thought, pace while on a phone call, or even fidget,” suggested Dr. Jacqueline Kulinski, one of the paper’s authors.
Still not convinced you should invest in that standing desk? Here are 3 more compelling reasons to get off your booty:
You'll have better ideas. Research published by the American Psychological Association found that walking is better for creative thinking than a conference room brainstorming sesh.
You'll keep the doctor away. People who decrease their sitting time and increase physical activity have a lower risk of chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and others, found researchers from Kansas State University.
You'll live longer. Scientists at Cornell University found that women with the highest amounts of sedentary time died earlier (gulp!) than their active peers.
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