One Thing to Do This Second to Live Longer

Get off your butt: Sitting less can help slow your body’s aging process, finds a new study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Here are 5 ways to get moving.

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Desk Job? Even Short Walks Can Offset Damage From Sitting

Taking really short but frequent walks can counteract the harm caused by sitting for long periods of time, a new study suggests.

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Want to Sit Less? Here’s What NOT to Do

You probably know that sitting for long periods of time is a big health no-no, but get this: standing all day isn’t good for you either. Here’s how to strike a balance.

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Sitting Too Much Linked to Risk for Certain Cancers

A new study suggests that people who spend the bulk of their day sitting — whether behind the wheel, in front of the TV or working at a computer — appear to have an increased risk for certain kinds of cancers.

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Standing During Meetings May Get Creative Juices Flowing

Need to get more out of routine office meetings? Getting colleagues to stand up during those gatherings might help, new research suggests.

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5 Things You Should Know About Trying a Standing Desk

Thanks to working at Health, I’m well-versed in the evils of spending the workday tied to your chair: Sitting too much has been shown to up your risk of cancer, heart disease, and other chronic health problems, even if you work out regularly. I got a standing desk a few weeks ago, and here’s what I’ve learned so far.

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Too Much Sitting May Be Harmful for Older Women

Older women who spend too much time sitting are more likely to die at an earlier age than highly active women, a large, long-term study says. Researchers found that women who spent more than 11 hours a day sitting or otherwise being inactive had a 12 percent higher risk of premature death from all causes than those who were inactive for four hours or less per day.

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4 Surprising Reasons Your Back Hurts

About 80% of people experience back pain at some point. But there are smart steps you can take to avoid it, such as doing specific moves that help prevent back pain, or strengthening your core in general, which helps support your back.

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Stay Busy, Live Longer? Too Much Sitting After 60 Is Bad

Activities such as gardening, do-it-yourself projects and housework may be as good as formal exercise when it comes to reducing the risk for heart attack and stroke, Swedish researchers say.

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Too Much Sitting Tied to Higher Risk of Colon Polyps in Men

Men who are more sedentary face a higher risk of recurring colon polyps, according to a new study, even if these men break up their downtime with bouts of recreational activities such as walking, jogging or golf. This suggests that extended inactivity is itself a risk factor for noncancerous colon polyps, benign tumors that can give rise to colorectal cancer, the researchers said.

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