Is sitting the new smoking???

I read this article in my REPS journal (issue 22) and thought I would share it with you.

This study really hits home the importance of a good exercise routine! If you are not active enough I hope this article gives you the motivation to kick start your fitness regime.

I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts at after you read it…..

A survey of 70,000 nurses suggests that women who spend most of their time sitting down when they get home from work may be more likely to get a potentially fatal blood clot than those who are more active.

The study by Dr Christopher Kabrhel form Massachusetts General Hospital investigated the leisure habits of the 70,000 nurses, most of who would be on their feet for most of the working day. However, over an 18-year period the researches found that those who sat for longer than six hours a day when they were not working has twice the risk of a pulmonary embolism of those who sat for less than two hours a day. The results held good even after taking into account age, weight and smoking habits.

The increased risk women run by sitting down for hours is not a big one, an editorial published with the study says it is only slightly higher than that run by women who are on the pill or who take long-haul flights. But, it says, if the findings are valid they may have major public health ramifications. The study also found that inactivity correlated with heart disease and high blood pressure. “Prolonged periods of physical inactivity could be one of the hidden mechanisms that link arterial disease and venous disease,” said James Douketis, director of vascular medicine at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario in Canada.

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