Treadmills at Work?
Researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels. Too much sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.
The solution is less sitting and more moving. The impact of movement — even leisurely movement — can be profound. For starters, you'll burn more calories. This might lead to weight loss and increased energy. Even better, the muscle activity needed for standing and other movement seems to trigger important processes related to the breakdown of fats and sugars within the body. When you sit, these processes stall — and your health risks increase. When you're standing or actively moving, you kick the processes back into action.
The Health Initiative believes in and practices movement at work.
We are such believers in the health benefits of standing and walking at work that we became resellers of Lifespan treadmill and bike desks. Click here for available products!
Want more information on the hazards of our sedentary lifestyles? We recommend the book Get Up! by Dr. James Levine of the Mayo clinic. You can get informed and support the Health Initiative by buying this book at Amazon. Click the link below and shop as normal and Amazon will give the Health Initiative 5% of the purchase price!
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