21st Century Health Hazards Everyone Should Know About
The Danger: Being sedentary increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease and obesity. It certainly feels virtuous to use a standing desk, but recent research suggests they actually do very little to offset the effects of sitting.
Your Safety Plan: Get up and walk around for two minutes during every hour you spend sitting. A 2015 study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that amount of moving time (not just standing, but actually moving) lowered subjects' risk of premature death by 33 percent, and according to Michael Roizen, MD, Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic and an expert on how sedentary behavior affects our health, it's the most rigorous study on the subject to date.