Sitting All the Day Still Can Lead to Premature Death, Despite Exercising
According to a new study from the USA, people sitting for long periods of time every day are at higher risk of premature death, even if they exercise.
For the study, researchers examined data taken from around 8,000 adults aged 45 and older. The participants were asked to wear accelerometers to measure daily activity levels for a week. The researchers found that participants were sedentary for 77% of their waking hours (approximately 12 hours a day).
Dr. David Alter, head of cardiovascular and metabolic research for the University Health Network-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute in Canada and the author of an accompanying editorial, says: “The lack of activity in our muscles affects our ability to metabolize our sugars efficiently. Over time, our body accumulates excess fat, which can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and death.”
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