How Sitting too long can affect your Health + Infographics

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Do you sit in an office chair or on your couch for more than six hours a day? Since childhood you’ve known being a couch potato is bad. But why? Simply put, our bodies weren’t made to sit all day. Sitting for long periods of time, even with exercise, has a negative effect on our health. What’s worse, many of us sit up to 15 hours a day. That means some of us spend the bulk of our waking moments on the couch, in an office chair, or in a car.

Sitting all day long isn’t hard to counteract, but you have to keep your eye on two details: your daily activity and the amount of time you sit. Let’s start by taking a look at what sitting all day does to your body.

Numerous studies have pointed to the health risks of sitting all day. To avoid the health risks, we need not just 30 minutes of daily exercise, but taking every opportunity to get up during the day.

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Trainer Tips You Need to Know

by Lizzie Fuhr on FitSugar.com

Sometimes, one direction or a quick piece of advice can totally change the course of your workout. We’ve tapped into some of the most respected and sought-after celebrity trainers for those surprising tips and tricks you don’t hear at the gym every day. From proper technique to making your workouts support weight-loss goals, take their expert advice to heart to see the results you’re after.

— Additional reporting by Leta Shy, Michele Foley, and Susi May

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