Stand up for weight loss

Feb 01, 2011

It's important to take breaks from sitting for weight loss

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. 

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