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    How does working and not working affect heart attack risk?

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    Ashley Bigaran

    Exercise Physiologist

    I am an accredited exercise physiologist practicing in the locality of Carlton, Melbourne. My philosophy on the management and treatment of chronic and complex disease … View Profile

    Working vs. Not working? Recent evidence does suggest that individuals who do not work, have a heightened risk of cardiovascular disease. This is not specificially due to working or not working, it's due to the lifestyle in which the indvidual undertakes ie sitting down for more than 8 hours a day, not meeting 30mins of exericse per day, poor diet or currently have any lifestyle related diseases like diabetes.

    To prevent this, meet your minimum requirements of exercise per week (210minutes), lessen the amount of time you sit down per day and consume a well balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables.

    If you maintain simple guidelines like this, lifestyle related diseases are manageable and preventable.

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