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Stay healthy with reminders to get up and stretch

Stay healthy with reminders to get up and stretch
PHOTO COURTESY OF SHUTTERSTOCK

You've spent your adult life taking care of other people, whether it's your spouse or your kids. You're always saying, "Be careful." Or, you're advising them to eat healthy foods and to exercise.

But when it comes to your own health, you sometimes put yourself in the back seat. You shouldn't and, fortunately, one of the things you must do to stay healthy is really simple. It's this: Don't sit too long; get up and stretch, or walk around for a bit.

You've probably heard that sitting in one place for too long can be harmful to your blood's circulation, and can cause all sorts of related health problems. We recently told you about a study that recommended fidgeting to stay healthy. This study found evidence that people who fidget while sitting at a desk all day reduce their chances of an early death.

As it turns out, there's a simple computer tool called Awareness that gives you a gentle reminder to get up, stretch and get your blood flowing. If you sit at work all day, or at school, this reminder can help you stay healthy.

Each hour, Awareness dings like a Tibetan singing bowl. (See the video on the next page.) Awareness won't harass you. It just dings each hour, and shows you how long you've been sitting at your computer without taking a break. If you get up and step away for a few minutes, Awareness will sense that you're not using your computer, and readjust its dings to an hour after you sit back down.

Next page: See how Awareness' Tibetan singing bell works
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