Magazine article Work & Family Life

Studies Find Choice Is Clear.Sit or Get Fit

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Studies Find Choice Is Clear.Sit or Get Fit

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The important message from new research is that physical activity is key to living healthier longer. Anything you do that gets you up and moving around is better than doing nothing -and getting fit will protect everything from your waistline to your brain. Here's what the studies have found:

* People who spent at least two hours a day sitting in front of the computer or TV for entertainment were more than twice as likely to suffer a cardiovascular event than those with less than two hours of average daily screen time, according to a University College London study published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology . The heavy "recreational sitters" were at the greatest risk.

Adults who were "completely sedentary" for more than eight hours a day had bigger waistlines and less-healthy measures of HDL cholesterol and insulin, among other measures. This finding from a University of Queensland (Australia) study was reported in the European Heart Journal.

* Seniors who walk faster tend to live longer, according to a University of Pittsburgh study that measured the gait speed of nearly 35,000 seniors. …

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