Substituting tv time for physical activity has been linked to notably higher odds of achieving healthy aging, CNN reports:

“’Our take-home message is that replacing TV time with light physical activity, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, and sleep (for participants with inadequate sleep) is beneficial to healthy aging,’ said senior study author Dr. Molin Wang, associate professor of medicine in the department of epidemiology at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

“The results are not surprising, as many studies show that sedentary behaviors have significant impacts on health, said Dr. Andrew Freeman, director of cardiovascular prevention and wellness at National Jewish Health in Denver. Freeman was not involved in this study.

“For this study, researchers analyzed data from the Nurses’ Health Study of more than 45,000 people age 50 or older in 1992 who were also free of chronic disease, according to the study published Tuesday in the journal JAMA Network Open.

“Researchers followed up for 20 years for information on people’s time sitting at work, home and watching television and their hours standing or walking at home and work. That data was analyzed with data on their aging.

“Healthy aging was defined as living to at least 70 years old and maintaining at least four healthy domains — such as no major chronic disease and no impairment in subjective memory, physical health and mental health, the study said.’

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