3. Get on your feet.
Have a desk job ? New research published in the European Heart Journal says taking frequent breaks—even as short as one minute—can help raise HDL (good) cholesterol, lower triglycerides, reduce inflammation and shrink your waist. The next time the phone rings, stand to take the call, visit a coworker instead of sending an email and fill glasses—not big bottles—with water to increase your trips to the watercooler. Breaking up periods of prolonged sitting is important even for folks who exercise regularly.