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Standing appears to be better for your health than sitting. Marc Hamilton and a team at the University of Missouri-Columbia found the recommended 30 minutes of exercise per day was not enough to counteract health problems caused by sitting and sleeping the other 23.5 hours. Their research suggests that after several hours sitting, our bodies shut down fat- and cholesterol-burning mechanisms. Standing switches those metabolic functions back on, and calorie burning is effectively doubled.

Working at a standing desk or pacing while talking on the phone may be a practical first step toward better health.

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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, September/October 2008. Copyright © 2009 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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