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By: Julie Broberg, Program Coordinator 

A 2009 study from the British Journal of Sports Medicine, say most adults on average, spend about 9.3 hours each day doing sedentary activities.

Someone who spends several hours per day working at their computer may already know that they may be at risk for repetitive stress injuries, but it may come as a surprise to learn that there are other risks to prolonged sitting. Sitting for extended periods of time during the day can increase your risk for health problems, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and low back pain.

A new study from American Cancer Society found that it's not just how much physical activity you get, but how much time you spend sitting that can affect your risk of death. Researchers say time spent sitting was independently associated with total mortality, regardless of physical activity level. They conclude that public health messages should promote both being physically active and reducing time spent sitting.

What can you do?
Taking movement breaks throughout the day can lower your risks and also prevent or reduce muscle stiffness and pain. Any movement no matter how small is worth the effort! Try taking a standing break every 30-60 minutes. Standing can increase your energy, improve your posture, increase blood flow and burns more calories!

Need more reasons to stand?
Other standing benefits include:
• Strengthens leg, ankle and foot muscles
• Improves balance
• Improves alertness
• Encourages movement

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