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For those of us whose work has us sitting at our desks all week, it’s time to stand up and take notice!  According to what I’ve been hearing and reading,  sitting for all those hours is wreaking havoc with our health, and may even be taking as much as 15 years off our life expectancy.  Yikes!

The good news is that this is easily corrected.    The simplest thing to do is just get up!  That’s right,  standing up for 30 seconds each hour is enough to counteract all that sitting.  Stand while you’re on the phone, walk to get a drink of water, march in place.  Or better yet, take a five minute walk or even do jumping jacks at your desk.  (This goes for those of you who spend a few hours in the evening in front of your television as well!)

(via http://lifehacker.com/5800720/the-sitting-is-killing-you-infographic-illustrates-the-stress-of-prolonged-sitting-importance-of-getting-up)

 

Drinking three cups of tea a day may help to significantly (10%) lower blood pressure according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

 

Now they are saying this is a result of polyphenols and caffeine in the tea. But I’m wondering if the act of stopping what you’re doing to brew and drink the tea may be a contributing factor.  Ritual and relaxation are both huge aspects of your body and health environments!    http://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Hypertension/30802