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Erin Troy showing a leg stretch you can do while sitting in an office chair.

Research has linked sitting for long periods with several health concerns. They include obesity and a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and unhealthy cholesterol levels — that comprise the metabolic syndrome. Research indicates that less sitting and moving contribute to better health. 
Start by simply standing rather than sitting when you have the chance. YMCA of Greater Cleveland Association Personal Training Specialist Erin Troy provides many additional exercises you can do at your desk. Watch her video here.