Sit Less, Move More for Heart Health
New research provides strong support for current advice to "sit less and move more" for better health. In a study that tracked more than 100,000 adults from 21 countries for more than 10 years, more time spent sitting during the day was associated with increased risk for early death and heart disease. The combination of prolonged sitting and physical inactivity was particularly harmful — nearly on par with the harmful impact of smoking. Importantly, boosting physical activity appeared to dampen the risks of prolonged sitting, the researchers found.
@manu The health benefits of being physically active were also clear in the study. People who sat the most and were the least active had the highest risk (up to 50% greater risks), but for people who sat the most and were active, the risk was only 17%. Finally, those who both sat the least and were the most active had the lowest risk of early death and heart disease.