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Taking a Seat Can Take Years Off Life

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  • New research continues to mount that the more hours you spend sitting in a day, the shorter your lifespan may be – even if you engage in regular exercise
  • Women who sit for 10 or more hours a day have a significantly greater risk of developing heart disease than those who sit for five hours or less
  • The key to counteract the ill effects of sitting is to repeatedly interrupt your sitting; try setting a timer and standing up at least once every 20 minutes or at least 30-35 times (spread out) in a day
  • Correct posture and standing up 30 times per day may compensate for the damage that is done by long periods of sitting.

By Dr. Mercola

Your body is meant to have regular physical activity in order to function at its highest level. By this, I’m not referring to 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a few days or even every day, but rather movement that takes place during the other 15.5 hours or so that you’re awake.

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