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Sit All Day? Working Out Can Help You Combat Disease

If you live a more sedentary lifestyle, here’s how regular exercise can help you stay healthier.

Do you sit for work from 9-5 every day? Or maybe you just don’t get up and move around as often as you'd like?

A recent study from sports medicine researchers has found that, even if you live a sedentary lifestyle, a certain amount of daily exercise can help you avoid increased risk of certain diseases and death.

Researchers found that if you sit for an average of 8 hours a day, you should try to exercise for an average of 1 hour daily. If you sit for 6 hours a day or less, you should aim for 30 minutes of exercise.

What exactly makes up an hour of exercise?

The good news is that you don’t have to do it all at once. You can split your workout up, as long as you get about a half hour or an hour a day. For example, try brisk walking after breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Want some support reaching these goals? If you use a fitness device or app, you can connect it to the Online Health Coach and automatically track progress against your exercise goals.

Always be sure to talk to your doctor before starting any diet or exercise routine.

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