The dangers of sitting still – Wall Street Journal

In recent years, a growing body of research (and a number of prominent news reports, including thisthis and this) has suggested that one of the worst things we can do for our health on a daily basis is what I imagine most of us are doing right now: sitting still for long periods of time.
Many of us think that a heart-pumping workout at the gym can counteract eight or so hours of sitting in front of a computer screen, plus several hours of TV time at night after work. (Physiologists call that being an "active couch potato") But scientists now believe (for reasons that are still not fully understood) that excessive sitting may be so taxing on our physical health that even a vigorous workout once a day can't really counteract the deleterious effects. Indeed, it's as futile as trying to counter a daily Big Mac diet and a pack-a-day smoking habit with a daily jog, scientists say.

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