How do you spend your day? Do the math. Perhaps you work out for 30-60 minutes a day. You sleep for about 8 hours. That leaves 15 hours of … what, exactly? For most of us, it’s often sitting. At our desks, in our cars, on our couch. That’s a lot of sitting.

The trouble is that no matter how much you work out on a daily basis, if you’re sitting for hours during the day, you’re still at risk for some nasty health conditions later in life—including weight gain, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Worse, sitting for more than 4—6 hours a day over a lifetime can actually shorten your life span.

The experts say you should probably stand up and move around at least every 30 minutes. But maybe you’re stuck in a meeting – hardly the time to go for a stroll! If you can’t stand up right this minute, try flexing your thigh muscles 10 times. Why? Your leg muscles are the biggest muscles in your body and the first ones to “shut down” when you sit for too long.

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