Stand up for yourself

Here’s a really simple way to help your overall health: Just stand more.

In today’s world, the majority of people sit — a lot — every day. The American Medical Association (AMA) has stated that sitting for extended periods of time can be bad for personal health.

The remedy: standing — while you work at a desk, talk on the phone, or do any number of daily activities. Standing is like walking: It can increase energy, burn extra calories, tone muscles, improve posture, increase blood flow, and boost metabolism.

A 2008 Vanderbilt University study of 6,300 people, published in the “American Journal of Epidemiology,” estimated that the average American spends 55% of waking time (7.7 hours per day) in sedentary behaviors, such as sitting.

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