Sitting fans

Sitting is bad for your health, according to the health experts. Sports are good for you -- unless you're watching them.

When it comes to spectating, sports offers the inverse of its in-action health benefits. The extended periods of sitting required to enjoy almost any major sports event comprise a huge health risk, particularly among fans who watch several games or more every week.

"It's a form of sedentary behavior, and it increases the risk for cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, among other hazards," writes Jason Gay for The Wall Street Journal. "Doesn't matter if you're sitting at a desk or sitting at the shrink. Sitting is suboptimal for seniors, middle-agers, millennials, even little kids.

"Just sitting here writing this stylish, absolutely unforgettable sports column, I am putting my body -- my life -- at risk for your mild amusement."

In other words: Sports are killing you, slowly but surely. So what's a fan to do?

There are some simple steps to take if you're looking to reduce your sedentary time. At games, take advantage of opportunities to stand up -- the breaks are great for your body. You can also stand up at tailgates and even during commercial breaks at home.

Other steps: Halftime walks of the concourse, or walks through your neighborhood. You could even work in some standing stretches and exercises, though that's likely to drawn some attention -- and possibly grief from your friends.

Whatever you do, keep your eyes on the prize: You shouldn't be sitting for so long. Stand up, take break. Move around. Being a sports fan is hard on your heart already. Don't make things worse by staying glued to your seat.

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