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Stand up to keep fit and healthy at work [news]

The war against office desks is raging, with new research showing we increase our risks of heart disease with every hour we spend glued to our chairs. And exercise at the start or end of the day doesn't cut it - it's the movement we get during our work day that counts. University of Sydney public health professor Adrian Bauman presented the latest facts at a seminar in Auckland last week. Sitting for long periods is now considered on a list that includes smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, overall inactivity and obesity as factors contributing to early death.