We already know that sitting down for long periods of time isn't good for us, that we should take breaks in between to walk around or stretch our legs, but just how much time should we spend out of our desks? According to a new study published in the European Heart Journal, the answer is two hours.

Researchers asked nearly 800 participants to wear activity trackers 24/7 for a whole week and provide blood samples and other vital information such as blood pressure and weight. Running the data gathered with a mathematical model that estimated how the alloted time would affect one's health, they discovered that spending just two extra hours standing up or moving around already had a significant impact on a person's health.

"Specifically, more time spent standing was associated with a two percent lower average blood sugar levels and [an] 11 percent lower levels of triglycerides. Cholesterol levels showed improvement as well," reports TIME.com.


Need motivation to get up and move? These suggestions may help!

1. Listen to a workout playlist.
Give yourself 10 minutes every few hours to walk around or just stand up. Put on your headphones and listen to the beats of Ellie Goulding, Mark Ronson, and Bruno Mars!

2. Eat standing up.
Does your office pantry have bar counters? Instead of grabbing a stool, eat standing up. That's at least 30 minutes of your two hours right there!

3. Use fitness apps.
These days, there are plenty of apps to suit your lifestyle. We list down a few seven-minute workout apps for you to choose from here.

PHOTO: Pixabay

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
CONTINUE READING BELOW
Recommended Videos
Get the latest updates from Female Network
Subscribe to our Newsletter!
Trending on Network

Latest Stories

Julia Montes Fuels Pregnancy Rumors with a Baby Bump

She was spotted cradling her tummy in a series of photos from the "Ang Probinsyano" victory party.

Lara Quigaman Opens Up About Struggling Financially When She Was Still in College

"I always only had the exact amount of money for a meal, and enough money to get to school and back home."

This Bride Rented a Vintage Wedding Dress for Just P100

Photographer Shaira Luna proves you don't have to splurge for your big day.

At 40, Iza Calzado Reveals Unexpected Pregnancy with Her First Child

“As a character of mine said in a film, ‘In love there is no fear.’”

Jessy Mendiola Announces That She's Pregnant

The actress is expecting her first child with her husband Luis Manzano.
Load More Stories