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You might not want to sit down for this

Posted at 10:38 AM on November 20, 2007 by Larissa Anderson

I confess. I sit. A lot.

And, according to researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia, that's a problem.

Marc Hamilton is one of the researchers who studied how inactivity affected the health of rats, pigs and humans. And, for humans, inactivity includes things you do while sitting, like work at your desk, read, watch TV, write letters and birthday cards -- the list goes on and on (Oh, sitting! How inextricably linked we have become!).

The Science Daily writes that Hamilton and his team of researchers "found evidence that sitting had negative effects on fat and cholesterol metabolism. The researchers also found that physical inactivity throughout the day stimulated disease-promoting processes, and that exercising, even for an hour a day, was not sufficient to reverse the effect."

If you sit a lot, too, don't worry. Hamilton offers a simple solution to help us combat the disease-promoting processes we stimulate just by sitting for long periods of time.

Stand up.

Just in case it seems impossible or ridiculous to stand up at your cubicle during the work day, Steve here shows how easy it is.

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