Couch potatoes beware

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We all know that sitting for too long is bad for us. But it turns out not all sitting is equal. According to a new study from Columbia University, sitting in front of the TV is much worse for your heart health than sitting at a desk at work. But there is some good news: Exercise can significantly undo the negative effects of all that TV watching.

“Our findings show that how you spend your time outside of work may matter more when it comes to heart health,” says study author Keith M. Diaz, assistant professor of behavioral medicine at Columbia University. “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.”

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