Get up... and move around

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Sitting too much during the day can make you sick – seriously. Excessive sitting has been linked to an increase in the risk for type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke.

Research done at Colorado State University found that sitting too much reduces the body's ability to regulate blood sugar levels.

"There are certainly a lot of factors that cause people to get cardiovascular disease or diabetes, but sedentary lifestyle, meaning just spending too much time sitting in the chair is certainly one of those potent risk factors,” said Prof. Barry Braun, head of the department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University.

Braun is one of the researchers studying the negative effects of excessive sitting.

“People have gone so far as to say sitting is the new smoking. That might be a little bit of an exaggeration, but it's not completely ridiculous,” Braun told me.

Prof. Braun says you need to find reasons throughout the day to get up and walk someplace. For example: Park at the back of the parking lot, use a printer down the hall from your office or have a walk-and-talk meeting.

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