Spending too much time sitting down is bad for your heart, a new study shows.
The research found a link between sedentary work and a bigger waist circumference and higher risk of cardiovascular disease.
To avoid the risk, people may have to walk at least seven miles a day or spend seven hours per day upright.
The researchers studied 111 healthy Glaswegian postal workers who were kitted out with activity monitors for seven days. Fifty-five of them were office workers and 56 delivered post for a living.
The study revealed those who had desk jobs registered a bigger waist circumference – 97cm compared to 94cm – and approximately one BMI unit difference.
They also had a higher risk of cardiovascular disease – 2.2% compared to 1.6% over 10 years.
The research suggests waist circumference increases by two centimetres, and risk of cardiovascular diseases by 0.2%, for every additional hour of sitting on top of five hours.
Source: Mirror UK