Your sitting habits may be killing you

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun Staff Writer

POMONA, Calif. - 02/18/2010 -- Sitting is dangerous to your health.

Humans were built for movement, for action, for walking or running.

"Imagine a group of cave people who evolved genetically to sit," said Dr. James Levine, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "They would have been wiped out by animals, other people and hunger."

Now the species that evolved for motion has in Levine's words, been "sentenced to the chair."

The workplace chair, that is...

Georgeanne Vlad, associate chairwoman of the physical therapy department at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, said that frequent stretching is important to enhance circulation and increase oxygen to the brain. She recommends stretching for 20 seconds after every 20 minutes of working at a desk. Click here to read the full story.


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