-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Feb. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Spending long hours at your
desk may boost your work productivity, but it can harm your health,
an expert warns.
There's growing evidence that the more time you spend sitting
each day, the greater your risk of heart disease. Your spine,
shoulders and hips may also suffer.
"It's important to get up and move around throughout the day," occupational therapist Julia Henderson-Kalb said in a Saint Louis University Medical Center news release. "Exercise not only helps with how you feel physically, but it also improves your mind and your memory."
It may not be possible for you to go to the gym at lunchtime,
but making small changes to your daily work routine can help
protect your health, she said.
Henderson-Kalb offered the following suggestions:
The U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute offers a
guide to physical activity.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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