Standing every 20 minutes negates the effects of sedentary work

You’ve probably heard that sitting all day at work is killing you. Thankfully, there are things you can do to earn a few years of your life back.

Sitting all day at work is killing us.

For most of us, this is old news. (Terrifying, but old.)

If you’re like me, as soon as you learned the horrors of a sedentary work life you cobbled together a makeshift standing desk from empty boxes around the office and started taking walks at lunchtime.

But then life got in the way, and your standing desk fell apart and you had to work through lunch. You begrudgingly accepted that you were doomed to sit.

If you need some fresh motivation to get off your bum, check out this infographic from StandDesk. Not only does it remind you about scary statistics like how sitting for more than five hours is the health equivalent of smoking more than a pack of cigarettes per day, but it lists benefits of moving around.

Consider this:

  • If you stand every 20 minutes, you avoid all the negative effects of sedentary work.
  • When you stand, your heart beats 10 times more per minute than when you sit. In one year, that adds up to more than 30,000 calories burned, which equates to running 10 marathons.
  • Taking walking or water breaks throughout the day can increase productivity by 60 percent.
  • The ideal work-to-break ratio is work 52 minutes, break for 17.

Take a look at the infographic for more life-saving tips:

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