Aug 29, 2017


Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: If you sit a lot of work, experts say you should get up and move around at least five minutes every single hour. Robin Marcus is the Chief Wellness Officer at University of Utah Health, why is it important to do that?

Robin: Well, Scott, we know that sitting for long periods of time increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and even death.

Interviewer: But five minutes every hour, does that really make a difference?

Robin: Well, it absolutely does. We estimate that if you can replace five minutes of sitting every hour with getting up and walking around your office, you'll burn an extra 1,000 calories a week.

Interviewer: Wow, that's pretty substantial but how do I make that happen?

Robin: Probably the number one thing that's important is to have awareness that this is a problem. And the way you can do that is that you can set a timer and set it to go off every 50 minutes and stand up and walk around and that's really all it takes. But remember, this is in addition to the 30 minutes of exercise that you should be doing every day.

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