Standing at work could be life saving

TOO much sitting increases the risk of heart disease by nearly 50% even if daily exercise requirements are met, the Heart Foundation conference has heard.

Professor Marc Hamilton, a visiting biomedical sciences expert from Pennington Biomedical Research Center, US, has studied the impact on the body of too much sitting and its relationship to heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and describes the results as alarming.

“Regularly exercising is not the opposite of being inactive or sitting too much – going for a daily run won’t counteract the effects of hours of chair time,” he said.

Professor Hamilton said his recently published study tested the effects of sitting on people who exercise “a fair bit” and were not obese, yet even if their calorie intake was reduced to match their lifestyles, they showed signs of