Don't Just Sit There

Here at Washoe County Sheriff's substation in Incline Village, dispatchers take calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They can be fire, medical or emergency related.

It can be stressful, but the constant, is the sedentary part of the job.

“I've put on about 15 pounds and I find because we work 4 10 hour days I find it difficult to exercise,” says Tony Skorupski a Communications Specialist.

Skorupski says his shift can last anywhere from eight to 10 hours. He says some dispatchers actually move the console up so they can change positions, and answer calls while standing.

But others do even more.

“Some of them have small dumb bells, but they will getup and walk around on a regular basis,” says Skorpuski.

And according to a new study, just small increments of movement and exercise while taking a break from hours in front of the computer can make a difference.

The study out of the European Heart Journal says the more breaks people took during the time they spent being sedentary, the smaller the waist circumference. Indicators of inflammation, a pre-curser to heart disease, were also lowered. The breaks didn't need to involve heavy exercise.

They could be a short as 60-seconds.

This is a bit of good news for not only the dispatchers here at Incline Village but also the millions of workers who are tied to their computers for hours every day.

In this study, authors reviewed the records of more than 4700 people from US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

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