1. TV will turn your arteries hard

    One common habit that can harden your arteries

    Watch enough TV, and you're bound to see an ad for a funeral home urging you to make your burial arrangements in advance.

    Don't change the channel, because they're talking to you.

    Parking yourself in front of the boob tube is one of the worst things you could do to yourself, and not just because of the idiotic programming that kills brain cells.

    Being sedentary can kill the rest of your body, too -- slowing your metabolism and wrecking your health. As a result, new research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine finds that watching too much of the tube can cause your arteries to stiffen.

    Ready for the worst part? You don't need to be a TV junkie for your own arteries to turn rock hard -- just 20 extra minutes a day, according to the study.

    The study was done on 30-somethings, but believe me this is true at any age, which is why being sedentary -- whether it's plopped in front of a TV or parked in an office chair -- can increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and an early death.

    There's a pretty clear answer here, and that's to turn off the TV or computer, get out of your chair -- whether it's a sofa, easy chair or office chair -- and get yourself moving.

    Don't bother with a gym, unless you're fond of flushing money down the drain. As I've said before, 30 minutes on a hamster wheel won't undo the damage caused by hours of sitting. The study proves it (again), because daily exercisers who watched too much TV still had stiffer arteries.

    The real answer is to get natural movements throughout the day. Get up, go for a walk -- around the block or even around the room -- just keep your meat out of your seat.

    While you're at it, try a hobby that has some movement built in: gardening, hiking, walking, golf, tennis -- whatever it is, make it something pleasant, and make it a habit.

  2. Hours of sitting leads to disease

    The easy chair of doom

    Next time you're in the market for a new chair, do yourself a favor and buy the LEAST comfortable one you can find. Get one with splinters and spikes sticking out of it if you can.

    Am I off my rocker? You bet I am!

    I'm also off my recliner, easy chair, office chair and sofa -- because a nice, comfy chair is more of a death trap than an old Ford Pinto.

    As I've warned you before, people who spend the most time on their rears have the highest risk of disease and a premature demise -- and a new study of 63,048 middle-aged Australian men confirms it yet again.

    Men who sit the longest have the highest risk of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and more, according to the study in The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. (Yes, that's actually a journal name.)

    Doesn't matter if you're fit as a fiddle (so far). It doesn't matter if you're slim, trim, and tan. It doesn't even matter if you spill buckets of sweat in the gym each day -- so don't even waste your time.

    No, all that really matters is how many hours a day you're parked in a chair of any kind -- and if it's four or more, you've already got a problem, according to the new study.

    At six hours, that problem is practically a crisis as your risk of diabetes shoots through the roof. And if you're sitting for eight hours or more, you're pretty much asking for a world of hurt.

    Of course, eight hours in a chair is nothing these days. Millions of people sit all day at work, then come home and plop down in front of the TV -- and then they wonder why they're so unhealthy!

    It's time to stop wondering and start moving.

    Don't waste your time or money spinning the hamster wheel at the gym or buying a shoddy as-seen-on-TV exercise device.

    True fitness is a lot easier than that. Cheaper, too. In fact, it's free.

    Keep reading for everything you need to know about staying fit.

  3. Sitting can cause disease

    Sitting around all day -- at home or at work -- can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease and more.

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