Does Sitting at Home Damage Heart Health More Than Desk Job?

Islamabad (28th June, 2019): New research shows that all forms of ‘sedentariness’ are not equal when it comes to having a healthy heart. 

According to Baaghi TV’s sources, new research confirms that watching television can lead to an increase in heart risks than a desk job where a person is required to indulge in office work.

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While maintaining a desk job can increase risk of heart diseases, nothing beats the dangers of sitting at home watching TV or simply lounging around. A sedentary lifestyle has been confirmed to cause more damage based on prior research.

Any activity that keeps an individual away from physical exercise falls under the category of a sedentary lifestyle. 

Although such life choices are damaging for health in general, they are particularly harmful when it comes to heart health. However, recent studies have focused on the difference between ‘occupational sitting’, which roughly meas the sitting one must do for a desk job, and ‘leisure time sitting’ that refers to watching TV.  The researchers have worked to fill the gap in previous research, which was predominantly focused on ‘white Europeans’.

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They have inferred that despite the specificity of prior research, the findings can be applicable to anyone irrespective of ethnicity. Moreover, they concluded that the sitting an individual does to maintain a desk job, roughly 6 to 7 hours a day, is less damaging as the body is involved in a state of mental exercise, which is generally lacking in the activity of sitting on a sofa:

“Our findings show that how you spend your time outside of work may matter more when it comes to heart health,” as explained by study author Keith Diaz, Ph.D.

Moreover, according to the researchers, a solution to healthier heart health may be to engage in tasks that are not just active rather are, “intensely active”.

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“Even if you have a job that requires you to sit for long periods of time, replacing the time you spend sitting at home with strenuous exercise could reduce your risk of heart disease and death,” says Diaz.


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