Movement - Stand Up for Yourself

Health Benefits

  • Reduced cancer risk
  • Improved overall wellness


This Action Step is for Thrivers who are actively exercising but still sitting for large amounts of time. The research clearly shows that exercising does not fully counteract the dangers of sitting all day. A 2015 analysis of 47 different studies found that extended periods of sitting was associated with higher risk of being diagnosed with or dying of colon, breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancers. In addition, there was a whopping 91% increased risk of getting type 2 diabetes. The study’s senior investigator said, “Our study finds that despite the health-enhancing benefits of physical activity, this alone may not be enough to reduce the risk of disease.”

The good news is that there is a simple way to reduce your risk. That’s right, it’s time to Stand Up For Yourself Thriver! With this Action Step, you will be given numerous ways to incorporate standing in to your day. And when you do, you’ll be reducing your risk of disease.


During this Action Step, you’ll be reminded of why it’s important to stand and then you will be given ways to increase your standing time. By the end of this Action Step, we hope you will be standing about 20% of your waking hours. 

Why It Works

Research is demonstrating that sitting for long periods of time can significantly increase the risk of cancer and other illnesses. Reducing the amount of time sitting is an important health strategy.


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Haggar-Johnson G, Gow AJ, Burley V, et al. Sitting time, fidgeting, and all-cause mortality in the UK women’s cohort study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2016;50(2):154-160