The downside of too much sitting
Standing up more throughout the day may help you dodge heart disease and live longer. Following are four ways to spend less time sitting. The key is to make these things habits that you do without thinking about them, like brushing your teeth. SET A TIMER. Set the alarm on your smartphone or computer, or get a regular kitchen timer and set it to go off every 30 to 60 minutes during the day when you tend to sit for long periods of time. PACE DURING PHONE CALLS. Whenever you’re on the phone, stand up. Try to walk back and forth or in circles while you talk. TURN COMMERCIAL BREAKS INTO WORKOUT BREAKS. Use the two- or three-minute commercial breaks while you are watching TV to stand up. March in place, swing your arms, or do some squats or leg lifts. TAKE THE LONG WAY. Whenever you drive somewhere, park in a spot farther from the door to get in some extra steps.