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Exercise No Excuse For Sitting Too Much
NEW YORK, January 12, 2011: Increasingly, research is focusing not on how much exercise people get, but how much of their time is spent in sedentary activity. The latest findings, published this week in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, indicate that the amount of leisure time spent sitting in front of a screen can have an overwhelming, seemingly irreparable impact on one's health.
Prolonged inactivity appears to sharply reduce the activity of an important enzyme called lipoprotein lipase, which is responsible for breaking down circulating blood lipids and making them available to muscles for energy, Dr. Stamatakis said. Lowered enzyme activity leads to higher levels of fats and triglycerides in the blood, and to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Exercise has very little impact on the enzyme's activity, he said.
The study focused on recreational TV screen time because it's the easiest to curtail, Dr. Stamatakis said. Those who spent two hours a day in front of a TV screen for entertainment were 2.2 times more likely to have had a cardiovascular event. But he encouraged employees who work at computers all day to get up and take breaks and short walks periodically.
I overcame my spiritual obesity, now for the physical!
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