I am a doctor. And I can tell you that many of us sit a lot. Unfortunately, spending more than 4 hours a day behind a desk or working at a computer increases the risk of many chronic diseases, including cancer.
My take: Does exercise undo the badness of sitting? Current studies suggest that regular exercise may not ameliorate the bad effects of prolonged sitting. To me, this means I should get up occasionally to climb a flight or two of stairs, stretch, or take a short walk. Some of my colleagues take all phone calls standing up. For my extreme readers, how about a treadmill desk? I’m Dr Michael Hunter.
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