The Men who Stare at Screens

Article from The New York Times

Men who spent more than 23 hours a week watching TV and sitting in their cars (as passengers or as drivers) had a 64 percent greater chance of dying from heart disease than those who sat for 11 hours a week or less. What was unexpected was that many of the men who sat long hours and developed heart problems also exercised. Quite a few of them said they did so regularly and led active lifestyles. The men worked out, then sat in cars and in front of televisions for hours, and their risk of heart disease soared, despite the exercise. Their workouts did not counteract the ill effects of sitting.

And here i thought that if you exercise regularly you’d stay fit and live to a hundred years.  This is particularly alarming because i spend most of my time at work sitting down in front of a computer.

Already i’ve made an effort to get up more often and take breaks walking around the office or just getting up to stretch my legs.

Right after typing this i’m going to get up and stretch my legs again.