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Ten Minutes of Intermittent Movement for Every Hour of Sitting May Counteract Ill Health Effects of Prolonged Sitting

Heart Disease Risk

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  • Prolonged sitting significantly impacts your cardiovascular and metabolic function. The combination of excessive sitting and inadequate exercise has been shown to double men’s risk of heart failure
  • Studies show that these risk correlations hold true no matter how much you exercise. In one recent study, six hours of uninterrupted sitting was found to counteract the positive health benefits of one hour of exercise
  • The good news is that you have virtually unlimited options when it comes to breaking up your sitting. From standing desks and office-friendly intermittent exercise to short walks; all of it counts
  • Standing up or bending down increases the force of gravity on your body, and this is the key to counteracting the cellular degeneration that occurs when you’re sitting down
  • One recent study found that taking a five-minute walk for every hour you spend in your chair can reduce the heart disease risks associated with chronic sitting

By Dr. Mercola

In recent years, researchers have formed a strong consensus with regards to the health effects of sitting. In short, the more time you spend sitting, the shorter and less healthy your life will tend to be.


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