We all need to sit down and relax in front of the goggle-box to unwind at the end of a hard day, don’t we? I mean, it’s become habit for most of us to walk in and switch on the TV, moan about how tough the day has been, then spend hour after hour entranced by the magical box of light in the corner of the living room. But, could we be overdoing the time we spend on our gluteus maximus, and could doing so really risk our heart health? A recent study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Heart Failure suggests so.
The study, carried out over ten years by scientists at the health and wellness specialists and directories Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena in California, took 84,000 men with no identified heart problems, aged between 45 and 69, and measured their exercise levels and the time they spent outside work sitting down and the results were amazing.
- Irrespective of the amount of exercise they did, men who sat for five hours or more a day were 34% more likely to develop heart failure than those who sat for just two hours a day outside work. That’s huge.
- Men who only got involved in low levels of physical exercise were 52% more likely to develop heart failure than those whose exercise and fitness activities were at the higher end of the scale.
- Those whose fitness activities were at the lower end of the scale and sat for five hours or more were more than twice as likely to develop heart failure than those who lived more energised lives and sat for two hours or less.
These statistics are shocking to say the least, but it should be pointed out that this study was not a full cross-section of society. There were no women in the study, no note was taken of what the men did while at work, and the group were all selected from a pool of those with comprehensive health plans, so you can take from that what you will about the starting position of those in the study. However, I think we can still take away from this the sensible advice that if you don’t get out and exercise and you sit around for too long each day and night then you are playing Russian roulette with your heart.
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