You might think twice the next time you attempt to sneak out of the office early so you can watch your favorite TV show.
A new study out of Columbia University says sitting in front of a TV can lead to a greater risk of heart disease, and even death, than sitting at a desk for work.
“Our findings show that how you spend your time outside of work may matter more when it comes to heart health,” said study author Dr. Keith M. Diaz, an assistant professor at Columbia University, in a press release.
But there’s a positive caveat for you devout binge watchers.
“Even if you have a job that requires you to sit for long periods of time, replacing the time you spend sitting at home with strenuous exercise could reduce your risk of heart disease and death,” Dr. Diaz added.
The study followed over 3,500 people, primarily African Americans because they’re at a higher risk for heart disease. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
How much exercise is enough to undo the effects of TV watching? According to the study, there was no increase in risk to those exercising for 150 minutes or more a week — even though their TV consumption was four or more hours daily.
So maybe split the difference — how about a treadmill-powered TV?