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Can You Limit Sitting and Sleeping to 23 ½ Hours a Day?

We love this question, posed in the video above by Dr. Mike Evans, an associate professor of family medicine and public health at the University of Toronto. The video’s a bit long, but educational and entertaining. Plus: whiteboard illustrations! If you’re a sucker for whiteboard illos like we are, after watching this you may be compelled to 1) walk more, and 2) start using UPS for your international shipping.

Whiteboard aside, Dr. Evans makes a convincing case for walking at least 30 minutes a day and staying active. He cites a plethora of studies that show walking as nature’s best medicine. For instance, he says Japanese researchers found that for every increase of 10 minutes of your walk to work there is a 12 percent reduction in the likelihood of developing high blood pressure. If you can’t walk or bike to work, try parking your car farther away from your office building and make a resolution with a co-worker to walk together at lunch.

Tags: Planning, Longevity, Health, Walking, Disease