Sitting too much, not just lack of exercise, is detrimental to cardiovascular health

Sitting too much, not just lack of exercise, is detrimental to cardiovascular health — ScienceDaily

Sedentary behavior involves low levels of energy expenditure activities such as sitting, driving, watching television, and reading, among others. The findings suggest that sedentary behavior may be an important determinant of cardiorespiratory fitness, independent of exercise.

avoiding sedentary behavior throughout the day may represent an important companion strategy to improve fitness and health, outside of regular exercise activity

The findings demonstrate that the negative effect of six hours of sedentary time on fitness levels was similar in magnitude to the benefit of one hour of exercise.

We also found that when sitting for prolonged periods of time, any movement is good movement, and was also associated with better fitness,

So if you are stuck at your desk for a while, shift positions frequently, get up and stretch in the middle of a thought, pace while on a phone call, or even fidget.

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