Hourly 5-minute walks 'reverse arterial damage caused by sitting'

September 8, 2014 3:14 PM

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Sitting for prolonged periods is associated with risk factors for cardiovascular and metabolic disease, such as higher cholesterol levels and greater waist circumference. Because muscles are slackened when sitting, they do not contribute to pumping blood to the heart. This causes blood to pool in the legs, damaging the endothelial function of arteries and impairing blood vessels' ability to expand.

In the new study, 11 healthy, non-obese men aged between 20 and 35 years took part in two randomized trials.

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