From table to the grave: Desk jobs 'can kill'

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New York: For those with desk jobs, doing exercises while sitting can make a lot of difference, suggests a new study.

The research reported in Men's Health cautioned that those who sit for hours at a time - even if they regularly work out at the gym - are at an increased risk for an early death.

Marc Hamilton warned that sitting for long periods is bad for the heart, and that holds true for 'exercising couch potatoes', reports the New York Daily News.

In other words, a person who jogs or goes on the elliptical five times a week, but hangs out at a desk all day other than that.

A study of the lifestyle habits of some 17,000 men and women revealed that those who sat for most of the day were 54pc more likely to have heart problems as those who rarely sat.

And it didn’t matter how much the sedentary individuals weighed or how much they worked out.

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