You May Need to Walk 7 Miles a Day to Compensate for Heart Disease Caused by Desk Jobs

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.

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Source: Mirror UK