For those who spend most of the time sitting down, there’s some bad news for you. A new study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, has found that people who work in a desk-bound job have higher risk of cardiovascular disease and a bigger waist circumference.
According to the researchers, for every additional hour of sitting on top of five hours, the risk of cardiovascular diseases increases by 0.2 per cent and the waist circumference increases by two centimeters. They said that bad cholesterol (LDL) increases while good cholesterol (HDL) decreases with each hour of sitting.
The study suggests that in order to avoid any heart disease, people should make it a point to stand for as much as seven hours a day and walk for at least 7 miles a day.
“Our evolution to become the human species did not equip us well to spending all day sitting down,” said Professor Mike Lean of the University of Glasgow’s School of Medicine.
“We probably adapted to be healthiest spending seven to eight hours every day on our feet, as hunters or gatherers.”
“Our new research supports that idea. The ‘bottom’ line is that if you want to be sure of having no risks of heart disease, you must keep off your bottom.”
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