Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Counter Culture

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Counter Culture

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QUICK! On your feet! No matter how comfortable it is, there's increasing evidence that spending all day glued to office chair is terrible for our health. According to recent studies, sitting for more than six hours a day increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. But that isn't enough to get us up - other studies suggest that we spend a bum-numbing 20 hours a day sitting or lying down.

Convenience tech might save us time but it is also demobilising us: from Uber (no more standing around looking out for black cabs) to Deliveroo (no need to walk to restaurants/ supermarkets) and Netflix (no more walking to the cinema), we have less and less need to be upright.

Thankfully, though, tech can also help. What you need to do us hack your step count: fit extra standing time into your dangerously sedentary day. Here's how to make a move.

Good vibrations Wearing a fitness tracker is a good first step but you need to work too. Fitbit's new Hourly Activity add-on allows you to set an hourly step goal: it'll vibrate every 60 minutes, reminding you to get up and walk about. It recommends doing 250 steps an hour, which adds up to 2,000 steps or 1.5km over an eight-hour working day. If you are struggling to fit it in, suggest a walking meeting, or take more screen breaks.

Then there's the ultra-slick and functional Microsoft Band's add-in app, Walk Reminder, which blinks peppy pop-up messages cajoling you to "Go for a walk! You haven't moved in hours!" It's hard to ignore.

Take an Underground hike Tube-ing into work? There are more ways to up your step count than simply dashing full speed up the left-hand side of the escalator. The Circle, District, Metropolitan and Hammersmith and City lines all have walk-through carriages, so see how many times you can walk up and down the train between Paddington and Victoria. …

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