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Prolonged sitting increases mortality

A recent article in the Annuals of Internal Medicine, September 12, 2017: Patterns of Sedentary Behavior and Mortality in U.S. Middle-Aged and Older Adults: A National Cohort Study by Ciaz KM, Howard VJ, et al found that a person’s mortality increases proportionally to the LACK of physical activity during the day. The risk for cardiovascular disease and mortality is increased with prolonged sitting but can be reduced by at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity daily.

Take home message: Get up and move frequently, have a goal of doing at least 60 minutes of aerobic activity daily. This doesn’t have to be jogging, but working in the garden, raking leaves, etc all counts.

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