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Watching TV is worse than sitting down all day at work, study claims

Researchers at Columbia University found that watching television was associated with more cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality, compared to sitting at a desk job, who have no association with these outcomes.
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To our shame, as a sedentary lifestyle finally taking a break.

It turns out that sitting all day is often considered as bad as smoking — it’s not as bad for you as you are at your desk. But listen up, couch potatoes: The health detriments of sitting in front of the TV, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Researchers at Columbia University found that watching television was associated with more cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality, compared to sitting at a desk job, who have no association with these outcomes.

Even if you have a job that requires you to be able to sit for long periods of time, it is replaced by the amount of time you spend sitting at home, with a real effort you can to reduce your risk of heart disease and death,” says the study’s author, Keith M. Diaz, in a statement.

“How do you spend your time outside of work and are more when it comes to the health of the heart,” said Diaz, a professor of behavioral medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

The study looked at approximately 3,500 participants, and the comparison of their behaviour and health (about eight years of age. Previous studies have ignored is not, as well as to the study of the length, and the difference between the types of agricultural activity of a person.

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They found that people who watched four or more hours a day in front of the tv and had a 50 percent higher risk of cardiovascular events and death compared with those who watched fewer than two hours per day, so catching up on a few episodes of “Big Little Lies” is the worst thing to do is to have one of them.

However, you are not completely clear, a work desk, a slave to both. The doctors still warn that long periods of sitting can cause the hip problems, poor posture and a weakening of the muscles, which can lead to an uneven gait, and other issues.

The good news is that, even if you have a TV sloth, from time to time, to the disgust of the effects on human health can be offset with regular exercise, it has been found in the study.

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The difference probably has something to do with all the ends that we are forced to take on the job, ” says Diaz.

“It may be that the majority of people have a tendency to watch television for hours and hours without moving, while the majority of workers get to their office very often,” said Diaz. “The combination of eating a large meal, like dinner, and then sit down for hours and hours, it can also be very harmful.”

This article was originally published in the New York Post.

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