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Your Office Job as Dangerous on the Body as Smoking?

        Health | Preventive Care

Smoking Vs. Sitting

These risks are so immediate in fact, that they may equal the risks of smoking. According to Health Watch:

"Smoking certainly is a major cardiovascular risk factor and sitting can be equivalent in many cases," explained Dr. David Coven, cardiologist with St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York.

The key is to train yourself to include movement in your daily life. Take the stairs, get a standing desk, visit office mates instead of calling or emailing. I like to do a yoga pose or two every hour just to keep my circulation moving. But whatever you do, get moving.

"Excessive sitting," Dr. James Levine, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., says, "is a lethal activity."

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