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Study: TV & Computer Time Can Lead to Poor Heart Health

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If your job requires you to be in front of a computer screen all day, new research may give even more reason for you to get to the gym. A study published in the online journal Heart Asia shows that those who spend more time in front of computer and television screens take longer to recover after exercise that strains the cardiovascular system.

The study included more than 2,000 people from the United States who are all in their 30's. Subjects would undergo eight-minute treadmill tests, after which the researchers would examine how long it took for their heart rate to return to a normal level of activity.

For participants who spent more time in front of a screen on a daily basis, or for participants who did little-to-no exercise, their hearts took longer to recover. Similar results were found when researchers used several different variables.

The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of exercise time per day for adults, and at least 60 minutes per day for adults who are trying to lose weight or are on a diet.

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