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A new large-scale Australian study finds that sitting each day for more than four hours can boost your risk of serious illness. What does this mean for desk-bound workers?
Researchers from the University of Western Sydney conducted a study involving 63,048 middle-aged Australian men, who recorded how many hours each day they usually spent sitting. Men who sat for more than four hours every day had increased risks for heart disease, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers. Plus the longer the men sat, the higher their risks. Results appear in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.
While the study focused on middle-aged men, the researchers believe the results may also apply to other demographics. "But we can't tell from this study if this is true," WebMD reports.
Still the new study adds to a growing body of research that finds sitting all day can put you at serious risk for health concerns as you get older. One way to reduce the risk is to sit less and exercise more. Desk jockeys should ensure they get regular exercise and take plenty of breaks throughout the day. Plus trim back on your sedentary time in the off hours by opting for exercise over television, which prior studies have found can boost your longevity.
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