New research gives employees another reason to get up from their desk and take a break from work.
Study participants who took more breaks tended to have a smaller waist than those who remained seated for longer periods of time.
The researchers note that those who don't weigh as much are less-likely to be diagnosed with high blood pressure and other conditions brought on by obesity.
This research published in the European Heart Journal is part of a body of data indicating the dangers of living a sedentary lifestyle. Even making small changes, they say, can add up over time.
It is a good idea for people to find little ways to squeeze in extra steps throughout their day. Simply standing up when making a phone call and using a rest room on a different floor in the office can help people effortlessly reduce their size.
Those who are somewhat more ambitious can benefit from taking a short walk during their lunch break. Such actions can improve health and may inadvertently result in lower life insurance premiums.