Lenelle Bear

Bear

Have you ever noticed how tire you are at the end of an eight-hour workday? That fatigue may not be a result of job stress but sitting at your desk all day. Prolonged sitting leads to a sedentary lifestyle. Studies have shown that sedentary lifestyles lead to increase risk for obesity and heart disease. Sitting for long periods of time may also lead to type 2 diabetes.

Our bodies were made to move. We can help promote a healthier lifestyle when we alternate between sitting and standing and walking regularly throughout the day. Regular exercises help ward off musculoskeletal pain in the lower back and neck and reduces eye strain. Being active also helps improve circulation and a healthy digestive system.

Lenelle Bear, MEd, is the Western Capital Nutrition Links coordinator for Family and Consumer Science Team, Penn State Extension.

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