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Don't Just Sit There, Stand!

Turns out that sitting for long stretches of time throughout the day -- at your desk, for example -- may leave you a sitting duck for metabolic disorders such as obesity and heart disease, say researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Why? When you sit for extended periods, the fat-burning enzymes in muscles shut off, which causes cholesterol levels to rise, and with them, the risk of disease. Some easy ways to get off your seat during the day, from our Parenting Mom Squad fitness expert Sharon Monplaisir:

?Take phone calls on your feet, preferably with a headset so you're able to use your hands. View phone calls as a chance to get up and stretch or walk.

?Snack standing up. Bonus: You'll probably consume less than when you're sitting because you'll be less likely to fall into the trap of mindless eating.

?Fit in active playtime with your child. Go for charades or hide- and-seek.

?At the office, don't write a response to every e-mail. Walk over to a coworker whenever you can and reply in person.