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Stand in the Place Where You Work

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!

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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I'm all for getting up and moving around.
hkdkat hkdkat 8 years
I have a 2 hr call today, guess I should stand for part of it at least!
cvandoorn cvandoorn 8 years
I know people with varicose veins and all sorts of nasty looking bumps on their legs from their jobs that require them to stand the whole day. So i'd much rather hit the gym before work, be sedentary at work, and then go for a run after work.
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 8 years
I try to stand up or at least move my legs as much as possible in my office. I do bicycle moves with my legs while waiting for pages to load or an email to arrive. I hate being so sedentary!
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