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Sitting A Lot Leads To Worse Health In Heart Disease Patients

11/26/2015 05:18 EST | Updated 11/26/2015 05:59 EST
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We all know that sitting too much is bad and working out is good, but now researchers say even exercise won't improve the health of heart disease patients who sit for long portions of the day.

A new study published by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute found that heart disease patients who sat for at least eight hours a day had higher BMIs and lower cardiorespiratory fitness.

“Sitting, watching TV, working at a computer and driving in a car are all sedentary behaviours and we need to take breaks from them,” lead author Dr Stephanie Prince says.

Price suggests getting up and moving around every 30 minutes to combat the weight gain that occurs from sitting too long.

The study, which tracked the health of 278 patients with coronary artery disease, required participants to wear an activity monitor for nine days. At the end of the study, the devices showed that even active patients recorded high sedentary times.

One important thing to note — sitting less isn't an excuse to stop working out. Price says that limiting prolonged seating and increasing exercise is the best bet for improving overall health.

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