Sitting can kill you, even if you exercise

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HOUSTON, Texas -- So, you thought you were doing everything right by eating healthy and exercising regularly. Well, guess again.

Even with all that, it turns out that just spending prolonged hours sitting, whether behind a desk at work or relaxing at home can kill you.

"It appears to increase all-cause mortality, cardiovascular mortality, cancer mortality as well as diabetes," explained Dr. John Higgins of UTHealth and Harris Health System.

As a matter of fact, the risk of developing type-2 diabetes goes up by 90%. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine says sedintary behavior will counteract physical activity.

"A lot of times you go home and you just lay down, or you sit down and you go to sleep and you never stretch those muscles out," said Carl Bates, a trainer working out at Memorial Park.

Here are a couple of tips to help:

  • At work, try a standing desk or get up and walk for a minute or three, every half hour.
  • At home, rather than fast forwarding through the commercial, stand up and strecth, or walk around until that pesky ad is over.

And here`s a little fact you might not have known.

"Just by standing up itself your heart has to pump a little bit harder against gravity, so it`s working more," according to Dr. Higgins.