Sitting Is a Hazardous Activity

Cleveland Clinic is the best hospital in the country (perhaps the world) for hearts and heart-related matters, according to most measures and rankings. So what they say about hearts matters. And here’s some of what they say:

Turns out, your work to keep [your heart] strong is a key to longevity. While it’s not surprising that exercise is good for you — and for your heart — it may surprise you to learn that exercise that tests your heart in a controlled manner on an ongoing basis can actually add years to your life.

Which isn’t surprising. But this might be: “[S]edentary behavior and regular exercise are likely independent of each other.”

Hmmm, I thought. You mean all my walks, cycling, and weight lifting doesn’t offset all of my sitting and sedentary “activities”? Here’s what the Cleveland Clinic had to say about that (emphasis added): Continue reading