This lack—or total absence—of activity is serious business: According to this infographic by Medical Billing & Coding, most of us spend more time on our behinds (9.3 hours per day) than in bed (7.7 hours a day), and this sedentary lifestyle (i.e. sitting for more than six hours a day) can increase your risk of death up to 40 percent.
Wait, what? Yes, simply put, the more you sit, the shorter your lifespan, which is a very scary prospect.
The good news is there’s something we can do about it. Even if squeezing an hourlong sweat session into your day isn’t feasible, there’s still hope for staying in shape. By incorporating short bursts of exercise into your day, it’s easy to increase your overall level of physical activity and stave off things like obesity and cardiovascular disease.
This doesn’t have to involve sprinting around the office so you arrive sweaty to meetings, however; keep it simple, and gradually work your way up to more movement as your body adapts. Here are a few simple desk exercises to get you started.