In the past few years there has been a great deal of media attention given to the dangers of sitting. Research has shown that prolonged sitting increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, kidney problems and premature death. These risks remain elevated even if someone exercises but then spends most of the rest of his or her waking hours in a chair.
But despite such health concerns, simply advising people to abandon their chairs and stand all day is often unfeasible. A much more practical solution is to take mini breaks. A mini break of at least 30 seconds should be taken after every 30 minutes of sitting. It can be something as easy as taking a quick walk to get a glass of water or it can be a simple postural exercise, such as Bruegger’s Exercise.