We all know that being sedentary doesn't burn up the calories like going for a run, but sitting down all day may be worse for you than you think. New research on the simple act of sitting indicates that our fat burning enzymes actually turn off if we are seated for extended periods of time. Long bouts of sitting can also slow down your metabolism and lower your beneficial HDL cholesterol. It seems like we just weren't meant to sit at a desk all day long.
These three reasons alone should be enough motivation to help you move about throughout your day. Here are a few ideas for getting up and out of your chair. Try to walk at lunch or for your coffee breaks. Don't send an e-mail, get up and talk to your co-worker face to face. Stand while you talk on the phone, or pace and talk if you're able. Why not throw in a few exercises while you're at your desk? Here are ways you can work it, while at work too.