Sitting is deadly: Make like these 5 writers and stand while you work

A new study says sitting is nearly as deadly as smoking or obesity, and it can shave two years off your life. These famous writers must’ve known it was bad for them—or at least bad for their word count.

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How long will sitting that long every day shorten your life? By two years, according to an analysis of five large studies on the topic.

“[Sitting is] right in the same ballpark as smoking and obesity—sedentary behavior is in the same category,” Louisiana State University’s Peter Katzmarzyk, who is lead author of the paper, says in U.S. News and World Report. “Smoking is still the No. 1 risk factor [for early death], but sitting is catching up.”

Catching up? Sitting down is on par with inhaling toxic smoke into your lungs?

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