13 Jan '11, 2am

Small breaks from sitting good for the health: Study

MUNICH - Taking small breaks such as standing for phone calls or walking to see colleagues may trim the waistlines of office workers and help their heart and metabolic health, a study suggests. The more breaks people took from sitting down, the smaller their waists and the lower the levels of a blood marker linked to inflammation, according to research published yesterday by the European Heart Journal. Ms Genevieve Healy, a research fellow at the University of Queensland, said: "What we found was: The more sedentary people were, the worse off they were in terms of cardio-metabolic function and inflammation, such as waist circumference, blood fats, lower levels of good cholesterol and protein inflammation markers." The researchers drew on data from almost 4,800 volunteers outfitted with devices that tracked their activity for seven days as part of the United States National...

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