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Canceling out the harmful effects of sitting can be done without even breaking a sweat.

When I realized how dangerous too much sitting can be, I got to searching, and this is what I found.

Here are nine ways you can counteract the affects of sitting.

Let's review their suggestions!


1. Just stand up at regular intervals.

Need a reminder? There's an app for that (iOS or Android)!

2. Use a standing desk.

They can be expensive, but they don't have to be. There are models out there that just sit on top of a standard-height desk that cost less than $50. (Try to expense it, OK?)

3. Drink more water (so you have to pee).

My favorite method! Just keep a water bottle next to your desk. Not a fan of plain water? Who said it has to be plain?!

4. Go talk to someone instead of email, IM, or text.

Unless your email is terrible. Then maybe just re-evaluate in general.

5. Get up instead of rolling to the thing you need on the other side of the room.

You are better than this.

6. Try a stability ball.

Ehh ... the science says this one is notso great. It doesn't really activate your muscles or improve your posture, and it will probably make you uncomfortable. But if it you've tried it and it works for you, go ahead and get your ball chair on!

7. Park at the back of the parking lot.

This won't break up a sedentary workday. But if you don't get any regular exercise in your life, just adding that few minutes of walking can add up to hours of activity over the course of a year.

8. Stand up during phone calls.

They can't see you ... yet. So why not loosen up that head, shoulders, knees, and toes?

9. Use a pedometer.

There's a lot of hoohah about smartwatches right now that cost a milliondy dollars. Bypass all that nonsense if you just want to see how much you're moving in a day. You can get a pedometer for as little as $8 (of course, more than that gets you more bells and whistles) or download a free step-counter app.

Bonus: 10. Have walking meetings.

OK, this one is mine. Sitting or standing across from someone is a literal face-off. But sitting or standing next to some feels collaborative — like you're on the same team. Try doing a walking meeting, especially if you think the meeting could get tense because pretty much everything about walking outside reduces stress.

Which one are you going to try?

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Brendan Fraser dressed as Rick O'Connell.

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Want to make it easier to find a job that meets your needs? Then you need to check out Bluecrew, a modern staffing solution that helps workers find the flexible employment opportunities they deserve.


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Woman without an internal monologue explains what it's like inside her head

“She's broken my mind. I don't even understand what I'm not understanding."

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The notion of living without an internal monologue is a fairly new one. Until psychologist Russell Hurlburt’s studies started coming out in the late 90s, it was widely accepted that everyone had a little voice narrating in their head. Now Hurlburt, who has been studying people's "inner experience" for 40 years, estimates that only 30-50% of the population frequently think this way.

So what about the other 50-70%? What exactly goes on inside their heads from day to day?

In a video interview originally posted in 2020, a woman named Kirsten Carlson gave some insight into this question, sharing how not having an inner dialogue affected her reading and writing, her interactions with others and how she navigates mental challenges like anxiety and depression. It was eye-opening and mind-blowing.
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Surprising Australian interview from 1974 shows just how weird it was for women to be in a bar

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Once upon a time, things were weird. This is sure to be a sentiment that children of the future will share about the rules and customs of today, but knowing that fact doesn't stop things from the past from seeming a bit strange. In a rediscovered video clip of an Australian *gasp* female reporter in a bar in 1974, it's clear pretty quickly that she's out of place.

It's almost as if she's describing her movements like Steve Irwin would do when approaching a wild animal in its natural habitat. Her tone is even and hushed as she makes her way into the bar telling viewers how she's going to make her way to the barkeep, who also looks to be a woman. So I guess women were allowed to work in bars but not drink in them?

Honestly, that part was a little confusing for me but seemed the norm by the reporter's reaction. But what was not normal was a woman squeezing between men and ordering a drink and the men letting the reporter know that the bar was no place for a woman...unless you're the bartender. Who knows? 1974 was a wild year apparently.

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