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Desk Jockeys Urged to Take Small Steps to Get Exercise
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FRIDAY, Feb. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Spending long hours at your desk may boost your work productivity, but it can harm your health, an expert warns.
There's growing evidence that the more time you spend sitting each day, the greater your risk of heart disease. Your spine, shoulders and hips may also suffer.
"It's important to get up and move around throughout the day," occupational therapist Julia Henderson-Kalb said in a Saint Louis University Medical Center news release. "Exercise not only helps with how you feel physically, but it also improves your mind and your memory."
It may not be possible for you to go to the gym at lunchtime, but making small changes to your daily work routine can help protect your health, she said.
Henderson-Kalb offered the following suggestions:
-- Robert Preidt
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SOURCE: Saint Louis University Medical Center, news release, Feb. 20, 2012