We did not evolve for a sedentary lifestyle. We were made to be on the move, but if you can’t get up and stroll at your job you might considered adding in some standing time. Researchers at the University of Missouri found that after four hours of sitting an enzyme responsible for metabolizing fat and cholesterol all but turns off. Four hours of inactivity translates to a metabolic slowdown where your body stops using fat as energy and stores it instead.
The enzyme likes you to be on the move or at least on your feet. Since the average American spends almost eight hours a day sedentary, it is worth the time to figure out how to get back on your feet. On a long call? Why not stand up? Need to reboot your computer? Why not stand up? Keep those enzymes revved up!