Tune Out, Live Longer

Picture 4Yet another reason to turn that TV off! For every hour you spend in front of the boob tube each day, you may increase your risk of early death from heart disease by up to 18 percent, says a new study in Circulation, a publication of the American Heart Association. According to the researchers, the issue is the extended time spent just, well, sitting there while watching; moreover, they’ve suggested that the risks associated with being sedentary aren’t necessarily offset by exercising more. It seems that people who watch less may engage in more incidental movement simply by walking around and doing household chores—which can have a protective benefit for the heart. Not keen on giving up your favorite show? Try to get up during every commercial break to stretch or do a few jumping jacks. Your ticker will thank you.

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