New article in the Journal links prolonged TV watching to an increased rate of death — even for people who exercise! The problem is the extended periods of sitting still. And it seems that sitting on a plane, at a computer, or — gasp — reading a book is just as bad.
The results are supported by an emerging field of research that shows how prolonged periods of inactivity can affect the body’s processing of fats and other substances that contribute to heart risk. And they suggest that people can help mitigate such risk simply by avoiding extended periods of sitting.
So, break it up! Take a lap! Fidgeting is not such a bad thing after all. Sedentary / deadentary, Simon says stretch your legs.