You’ve heard it a thousand times: Prolonged sitting is hazardous to your health, but if you’re like most people, you spend a vast majority of your day sitting down—in your office, commuting to and from work, and watching TV.
“On average, Americans are sitting about 9 to 10 hours a day,” says Robert Glatter, MD, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
Earlier this year, a study by the Annals of Internal Medicine found that excessive sitting was linked to an 18% increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
“The problem is that all the toxins accumulate when you sit, so it doesn’t get processed by the body,” says Glatter.
But if you’re the nearly 86% of American workers with a desk job, what are you supposed to do?
Glatter says that using a standup desk or even a treadmill desk is becoming more popular in recent years.
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