Sitting for long periods of time can cause people to develop a number of serious medical conditions. With so many people today earning their living sitting in front of a computer, that means millions of people are in danger. A study done by researchers at Indiana University have found a solution to this pervasive problem. They concluded that if people take 5 minute walks several times during the work day, they can reverse the damage done to the arteries in the legs caused by prolonged sitting.
Researchers say too much sitting causes the blood to pool, affects the arteries’ endothelial function, impedes blood flow to the heart, and can lead to Behcet’s disease, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, and septic shock. With many American workers sitting almost 8 hours a day, that can mean millions of people of all ages are at risk for these conditions. Fortunately the solution to the problem is fast, simple, and won’t cost you a dime. Get up and walk around for a few minutes several times a day. I like how the asset management firm BRL Trust puts it- because you are your most important asset.