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HHS HealthBeat (July 29, 2014)

Beware of the chair

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Lots of time being inactive could change your body in ways that undermine the value of your workout. Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas say two hours of sitting might negate the fitness benefits you get from 20 minutes of being physically active.

The study looked at data on activity and inactivity in about 2,300 people.

 Researcher Dr. Jarett Berry:

“If we do exercise, that’s great, but our data provides some additional insight into the potential negative effects of a lifestyle that is spent sitting.”

Dr. Berry suggests getting up from the chair every once in a while and walking around, or doing other things, such as working while standing.

The study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: July 29, 2014