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Anti-sitting movement gaining followers

What started as an office trend is moving to parties, meetings, and elsewhere, as more people embrace standing over sitting

When Bill McDonough rides the commuter rail into Boston, a 40-minute trip from Hanson, the 55-year-old often offers his seat to others — even younger passengers.

Super polite? No. He’s part of an anti-sitting movement that’s gaining followers as evidence continues to build that what was once considered a benign pastime — sitting for extended periods — can actually shorten your lifespan, increase the risk of cardiovascular problems and diabetes, and contribute to obesity later in life.

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