Oops! Video link added: Are you an “active couch potato?”

A new study out of Finland shows that even if you exercise for a half-hour to an hour each day, you can negate short-term and long-term health impacts of that activity if the other 23 hours of your day are spent sitting still.

The study showed that short activity breaks throughout the day help to lower cholesterol, reduce body fat, and lower your blood pressure. What’s cool about this study is that it shows you don’t have to do a lot during the day – but you need to do it often.

So set your alarm to remind you to take more breaks. And then make a list of things you can do to keep moving throughout the day. Want some ideas? How about take a coffee or water break. Tidy up. Take a walk. Make a call while you walk. Play with your pet. Or simply get up and stretch!

Organized Zen is about getting to your best work. To do that, you want to live a long, healthy life. Taking little breaks each day to keep your body moving is a simple way to help you get where you want to go today and WAY down the line.

What’s a baby step you can take today to get started?

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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