Here is why squats may be the most important exercise you do.
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More than half of an average person's day is spent sitting — from watching television to working at a computer — and that time tends to increase as you age and become less active.
All that sitting can have a profound impact on one's health, too. In fact, a study in the Oct. 3, 2017, Annals of Internal Medicine, involving almost 8,000 adults ages 45 and older, found a direct relationship between time spent sitting and a higher risk of early death.
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