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Walking More May Be Key for a Longer, Healthier Life

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  • Prolonged sitting significantly impacts your cardiovascular and metabolic function. 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
  • Beneficial molecular effects are activated simply by carrying your bodyweight upon your legs. Those cellular mechanisms are also responsible for pushing fuels into your cells
  • As a general guideline, if you’ve been sitting for an hour, you’ve sat too long. At minimum, you should not sit for more than 50 minutes out of every hour
  • Better yet, try to keep your sitting to a minimum; the less the better. I personally strive for less than an hour a day of sitting

By Dr. Mercola

The more time you spend sitting, the shorter and less healthy your life will tend to be—that’s the new consensus among researchers. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) now lists inactivity as the fourth biggest killer of adults worldwide, responsible for nine percent of premature deaths.


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