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The longer you sit, the greater your risk of heart disease, some cancers, and other ailments associated with inactivity. To develop the habit of frequently getting on your feet, follow the example of the 52 healthy Canadian college students who participated in a recent study. With guidance from the researchers, half devised and followed simple techniques to change their sedentary behavior, such as setting timers or scheduling text message alerts to remind them to stand. At the start of the study, they were taking standing breaks about every 90 minutes. After six weeks, those who set reminders were taking standing breaks every hour. The other participants’ behavior did not change.
Source: Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, Dec. 5, 2017

 

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