Harvard Heart Letter

The downside of too much sitting

During the day, make an effort to stand rather than sit, when possible.

Standing up more throughout the day may help you dodge heart disease and live longer.

If you exercise for 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week, you're doing your heart a big favor. But what are you doing during the rest of your waking hours? If the answer is "mostly sitting," all that downtime could be putting you at risk for heart disease and an untimely death—even if you exercise up to an hour a day, new research suggests.

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