In reporting ranging from Forbes to the Los Angeles Times, a startling fact has emerged that affects both businesses and their staff – Sitting is the New Smoking.

“We lose two hours of life for every hour we sit,” writes Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and inventor of the treadmill desk. “Sitting all day is not natural and is to blame for all kinds of ailments, including obesity”, he says.

There is increasing awareness that many traditional desk-bound careers are shortening the lives of our co-workers. And there are an increasing number of companies that are making moves to address this problem. Encouraging brief hourly sedentary disruption activities is one way to offset these negative health effects, for instance.

FIX Health: Newsletter Tip

Standing up for even a minute or two per hour can drastically reduce your risk for a host of chronic illnesses, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and many cancers.


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