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Excessive Sedentary Behavior Is Bad For The Heart

July 7, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A study by researchers in Texas has found that sitting too much increases the risk of cardiovascular problems, even when a person regularly exercises. The findings are based on accelerometer data from 2,223 teens and adults who participated in a national health survey. The researchers said that avoiding sedentary behavior – i.e., excessive sitting, driving, watching television, reading, etc. – may be an important way to improve fitness and health “outside of regular exercise activity”. To combat the negative effects of sitting too long, the researchers recommended shifting positions frequently, standing and stretching occasionally, pacing while on a phone call, replacing a desk chair with a fitness ball, and taking frequent short walks during the day.
Jacquelyn P. Kulinski et al., "Association Between Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Accelerometer-Derived Physical Activity and Sedentary Time in the General Population. ", Mayo Clinic Proceedings, July 07, 2014, © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
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