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February 6, 2013

Simple things you can do to live longer

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Another way to add days to your life, say experts,  is by standing more and sitting less, as numerous studies have shown that sitting down for extended periods of time on a continuous basis — which most of us do — can shorten your life significantly.

In a report released by the American Heart Association and conducted by researchers from the University of California, San Diego, it was learned that too much sitting can add an increasing amount of unhealthy fat around the heart.

“We wanted to see if sitting was related to the distribution of fat, because different types of fat are worse than others,” said lead study of the author Britta Larsen in a statement.

After studying more than 500 participants in the 65-year-old range, Larsen said that even if you do get enough exercise, but sit for long periods of time each day, you could be undoing a big portion of the health benefits associated with exercising, so people should really be conscious of coupling their workouts with standing more during the course of the day.

“In order to really be healthy you need to focus on both. Get enough exercise but also not sit for 10 hours per day like most of us do,” said Larsen. “Sitting really is bad for your heart, so we are hoping that the workplace, especially, becomes more standup-friendly.”

Which means it might be a good idea to look into in some standup work stations for your home office or workplace if you can.

Dental destiny

Very few people look forward to visiting the dentist and most times it has everything to do with a fear of pain, which is rarely as bad as most people anticipate, but avoiding the dentist, not flossing, and not brushing your teeth regularly, could lead to a bunch of potential health problems like heart disease and diabetes, a study shows.

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