How not to die from sitting too much (GIFS)

Jan 23, 2015 at 6:00 a.m. ET
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You shouldn't sit down for hours at a time, because if you do, you're digging yourself an early grave.

We all know that too much sitting around is bad for your health. But, a new study shows that even if you exercise on a regular basis, sitting on your hind end for long periods is completely terrible for you. Researchers found that if you sit for more than four or five hours a day, your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancers goes sky high.

This is a huge bummer, especially for those of us who sit on our rumps all the time because we have a sedentary job. And this means that even if you're awesome and hit the gym a few times a week, it's not enough to erase the increased risk that chair riding heaps upon you.

You're going to have to get moving, one way or another, or risk a visit from the Grim Reaper well before you're ready.

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1. For starters, every half hour or so, get up and move around for a few minutes.

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2. Love TV? Stand up while you watch and play along with the actors.

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3. Ignore those who give you side eye.

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4. Recognize that sitting down all the time feels awful.

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5. Pat yourself on the back for your efforts. These changes are what your body needs.

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