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January 20, 2010

Being Sedentary Shortens Lives

Beware: If you watch 4 or more hours of television per day, you're likely to increase your chances of dying earlier. The culprit is cardiovascular disease and it doesn't seem to matter if you're a healthy weight. The study to back this up appeared in Circulation: the journal of the American Heart Association.

Although the study was conducted in Australia, Dunstan said the findings are certainly applicable to Americans. Average daily television watching is approximately three hours in Australia and the United Kingdom, and up to eight hours in the United States, where two-thirds of all adults are either overweight or obese.

This is a frightening finding for my lifestyle as a student. I spend a good portion of my day sitting in a classroom. I come home and park myself in front of the computer or read at a table for several hours. If I finish all my homework, I relax in front of the TV in order to unwind before I go to bed.

As a massage therapists, at least I was on my feet all day. And a good massage was like a mild to moderate workout. Rarely was it so strenuous that I could not talk (unfortunate for my clients). I can only hope that a comparative amount of physical activity is in store for me as a physical therapist.

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Posted by linda at January 20, 2010 11:13 AM

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