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Ask the Expert

Are You
Sitting Down?
IF SO, SANGITA SHARMA, MD, GIVES YOU
GOOD REASON TO GET UP

What can people do,
particularly when they
have to sit all day for work?

SS: Move. Move. Move. Find ways to
incorporate some form of movement
into your day. It's easier than you
might think, even when you're
working a desk job. These simple
steps can make a big impact:
Set a timer to get up and
move every 30 to 60 minutes.
Walk to a colleague's desk
instead of emailing or calling.
Take the stairs instead of the
elevator, or park your car farther
from your office building to get in
a few extra steps.
Take your phone calls on the
go, or host walking meetings.
Get your co-workers moving.

What's the real issue
with sitting all day?

Sangita
Sharma, MD

SS: The problem is the prolonged
lack of activity. Sitting for extended
periods of time-like the eight
to 12 hours many of us spend at
work-can create a host of posture
and joint problems. But the scarier thing is the increased risk of
developing diabetes-by upward
of 90 percent-as well as heart
disease and blood clots.
The good news is there are
steps you can take to lower
your risks.

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Your Resource
for Wellness

To learn more about healthy office
habits and healthy lifestyle choices,
visit everydaywellness.org.

TOP PHOTO BY GETTY IMAGES

Sitting at your desk
all day can hurt your
physique-and, more
important, your health. Hello,
office bod! But before you throw
out all of your chairs and snacks
or quit your job, Sangita Sharma,
MD, a primary care physician
at Northside Grayson Primary
Care, sets the record straight on
the dangers of sitting and the easy
steps you can take to reduce risk
and prevent office bod.

SS: There are ways to improve
your health at work that go beyond
physical activity:
Set up your office to promote
good posture. For example, your
chair height should allow for your
feet to rest flat on the floor and your
knees to be level with your hips.
Avoid mindless munching by
drinking water and choosing snacks
that keep you fuller longer, such as
nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables.
Regularly engage in stressrelieving activities, such as meditation, breathing exercises and
short breaks from staring at your
computer screen.
Sitting less and moving more
supports mental, physical and
emotional health-and helps fight
back against office bod.

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What else can be done
to reduce health risks
associated with desk jobs?


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