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Would a standing desk help break up your day?

We all know that regular exercise is good for us. From helping maintain a healthy weight to providing brain support as the years roll on, taking the time to engage in physical activity is simply a must for long-term well-being. As researchers learn more about the medical issues linked to a sedentary lifestyle, emphasis on exercise has only increased. After all, how many of us spend hours a day sitting at a desk, only to head home and veg out in front of the TV or computer? 

Recently, researchers from Kansas State University published yet more evidence regarding the benefits of an active lifestyle, both in terms of exercise and reducing sedentary time.

"Not only do people need to be more physically active by walking or doing moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, but they should also be looking at ways to reduce their sitting time," said assistant professor Richard Rosenkranz in a university press release.

Rosenkranz and his colleagues discovered a correlation between increased exercise, reduced sitting time and lower likelihood of developing chronic ailments. Staying sedentary for long stretches of time, the scientists posit, essentially slows or shuts off parts of the metabolism during these periods, which can wreak havoc on overall health. Breaking up these sitting sessions, however, may help counter this effect.

Standing desks, regular breaks and a consistent exercise routine are just a few ways to keep yourself active. Just make sure you get the nutrients you need to fuel your new lifestyle and keep your metabolism happy.