Don’t just sit there, move more!

Even if you exercise regularly, sitting for long periods during the day is unhealthy for your heart.

Published: November, 2017

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On average, we spend more than half of our waking hours sitting down: working at a computer, watching television, traveling in a car, or doing other sedentary things such as reading or chatting with friends. But long stretches of uninterrupted sitting have a range of undesirable effects that may harm your heart, says Dr. Beth Frates, who directs wellness programming for the Stroke Research and Recovery Institute at Harvard-affiliated Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

"Sedentary behavior affects your body in many different ways, even down to the molecular level," she notes.

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