Long-hour workers were more likely to engage in physical activity, the study found. A study found that sedentary individuals who sit for more than eight hours have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Doctors have warned about the effects of a sedentary lifestyle on organs such as the heart.
In this recently concluded study, researchers examined one hundred thousand individuals over a period of more than a decade. Long-hour workers were more likely to engage in physical activity, according to the study.
Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College researchers discovered that people who sit for more than eight hours per day are 20% more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke. Eight hours of sitting is equivalent to a nine-to-five workday.
These individuals are 49 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack than individuals who sit alone for 30 minutes.
According to researchers, reducing sitting time and increasing physical activity can have similar health benefits as quitting smoking.
The study included participants from 21 nations with an average age of 50. In the study, participants were asked how many hours per day and week they spend sitting.
The researchers then examined the participants’ health records for the subsequent eleven years.
By the end of the study, there had been 6,200 deaths. There were 2300 cases of heart attack, 3000 cases of stroke, and 700 cases of heart failure during this time period, but not all of them were fatal.