Sitting in front of the TV and sitting at work impacts the cardiac function in different ways.
Sitting for long periods of time has been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and early death. A study led by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons suggests that not all types of sitting are equally unhealthy.
Leisure-time sitting (while watching TV) unlike sitting at work was associated with a greater risk of heart disease and death.
The previously held studies disregarded while monitoring physical activity the difference of sedentary behavior types, in particular, between sitting while working in the office and having a rest at home.
The new study followed 3,592 people for almost 8.5 years. The combination of eating a large meal such as dinner and then sitting for hours could also be particularly harmful. Taking a short break from your TV time and going for a walk may be enough to offset the harm of leisure-time sitting. Almost any type of exercise that gets the heart beating faster may be beneficial
The same approach to movement is applicable at work: for some workers, like truck drivers, it isn’t easy to take breaks from sitting, but everyone else should make a habit sometimes (and better regularly) to get up from their worksites.