Sitting too much is terrible for you. It leads to early onset heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and anxiety. To fight the effects of our sedentary lifestyle, regular exercise isn’t enough. Scientists have found that if we want to feel better, and be healthier, we need regular movement breaks throughout our days. Journalist and podcaster Manoush Zomorodi recently challenged her listeners to take these. She tells Lilah about the surprising results and why technology can make it hard to plug into your mind-body connection.


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Links (all FT links get you past the paywall):

– You can listen to Manoush’s reporting for the Body Electric challenge here and take the movement challenge here.

– Lilah’s column on how to be bored is here:

– Manoush is on Instagram @manoushz


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