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Sitting Is Really, Really Bad For You

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Especially for long periods of time.

Okay, sure, sitting is comfortable and is sometimes fun (like in the above picture), but it's not that great for you.

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine is dedicating their entire August issue to the "many aspects of the problem of sedentary behavior" because something needs to change.

Since we're glued to our computers, nowadays, our lifestyle has become sedentary. Basically, we live on a chair. Or a bed - which is bad for the back and the heart.

Experts say that adjustable desks should do the trick. However, those can be costly, so why not just use crates and books to make your computer monitor adjustable at eye level? Standing up every 30 minutes can do wonders for your circulation.

Or maybe just go for a walk.

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Lazy Lifestyle Doubles Risk Of Lung Blood Clots In Women

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Get up and move

One more reason for women everywhere to be getting up and active as much as possible!

A study among women released on Tuesday says lying around for long periods of time outside of work DOUBLES the risk of dangerous blood clots in the lung.

Researchers added a sedentary lifestyle to list of causes for pulmonary embolism — blood clots in the lungs that typically arise from a vein constriction in the legs — after studying 69,950 female nurses over an 18-year period.

Age, immobility on long-haul flights, obesity, smoking and hypertension are already risks for the condition, but researchers found the risk doubled in women who spent 41 hours a week outside of work sitting down, compared to those who spent less than 10.

The average age of women studied was 55-years-old, which begs the question whether younger women face the same risk. More research is needed to determine whether the findings apply to men and women not of European descent.

Remember ladies — an active lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle!

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