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Earlier this year, Nilofer Merchant wrote an essay for the Harvard Business Review where she declared that, “sitting is the smoking of our generation.” In that same essay she cited a study that showed that we average at least 9.3 hours of sitting each day in and outside of work, versus the 7.7 hours we spend sleeping, which is slowly killing us.

If you’re guilty of sitting behind your desk for extended periods of time you’ve probably already felt some of the physical toll that it takes on your body such as a sore back and neck or cramped arms and fingers. Even more terrifying than the immediate physical pain is the increased risk of getting heart disease, Type-2 diabetes and other ailments.

So as you begin to think about your resolutions for the New Year, consider making small changes to your daily routine that will help you get more active and reduce your risk of future illness. Here are a few expert tips and products to help you get started.

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