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Itâ€™s time to fight the health hazards of sitting
BY LINDA TRINH
Even if you run four times a week, but spend eight hours sitting in a chair at your job, you could be an active couch potato. Neville Owen and colleagues at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Australia coined this phrase to illustrate that people can be both active and sedentary. Emerging evidence suggests that even if adults meet physical activity guidelines, sitting for prolonged periods of time is bad for you. In fact, the health benefits you accrue from exercise are reduced when coupled with too much sitting.
The speed skater makes her powerful strides around the last curve. The finish line is in clear sight. Her low back is screaming from being in the forward flexed position day in and day out at training sessions, but it is her determination to be No. 1 that pushes all physical boundaries.