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Is Sitting Really the New Smoking? (The Eye-Opening Answer to That Question Is a Big Surprise)

Is Sitting Really the New Smoking? (The Eye-Opening Answer to That Question Is a Big Surprise)

However, as harmful as extended sitting may be, Jeanette Garcia, assistant professor of sport and exercise science at the University of Central Flor

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However, as harmful as extended sitting may be, Jeanette Garcia, assistant professor of sport and exercise science at the University of Central Florida, wants us to know that not all sitting is created equal.

In fact, new study results show that if you take part in mostly occupational sitting, you may have the upper hand.

The study involved nearly 3,600 adults, who reported how much time they spent sitting watching television, at work, and time spent exercising over the last year. Information regarding lifestyle, health history, and demographics was also provided.

Study results showed that “often or always” sitting at work was not associated with a heightened risk of heart disease or death. However, those who watched four or more hours of television per day had a 50 percent increased risk of heart issues and death (compared to those who watched two hours of television per day).

There was one interesting result from this study. In comparison to workers who rarely sit, study participants with sedentary jobs were “more likely to exercise outside the office regularly, have a high school degree, make more money, and eat a healthy diet; they were also less likely to drink heavily and smoke.” Active jobs with a lot of physical strain can even shorten worker lifespan.

Even if these results are true, it is still important to remember that exercise can help offset the harmful effects brought on by a sedentary lifestyle.

Try replacing 30 minutes of daily sitting with an activity that gets you out of your chair. Do that, say researchers, and you can reduce your mortality risk by 17 percent.

The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.

This article is from Inc.com

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