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The Healthy Programmer by Joe Kutner

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Sitting Is Considered Harmful

Stand up right now. You can keep reading this book, but get out of your chair and stay up for the next few minutes. Congratulations; you’ve just extended your life. That may sound glib, but there’s a lot of science that links sitting to decreased life expectancy.

In 2009, researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana published a study suggesting that the amount of time a person sits is directly associated with mortality from all causes.[30] The study examined 17,013 Canadians over a period of twelve years. The researchers measured each participant’s time spent sitting over those years and adjusted for factors like smoking, alcohol consumption, and physical activity. In the end, they found ...

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