Your Office Job as Dangerous on the Body as Smoking?

Smoking Vs. Sitting

These risks are so immediate in fact, that they may equal the risks of smoking. According to Health Watch:

"Smoking certainly is a major cardiovascular risk factor and sitting can be equivalent in many cases," explained Dr. David Coven, cardiologist with St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York.

The key is to train yourself to include movement in your daily life. Take the stairs, get a standing desk, visit office mates instead of calling or emailing. I like to do a yoga pose or two every hour just to keep my circulation moving. But whatever you do, get moving.

"Excessive sitting," Dr. James Levine, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., says, "is a lethal activity."

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