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      Did You Know? Inactivity researchers are discovering that sitting isn't just harmful to your health, it's so detrimental that a little bit of exercise doesn't offset it's negative effects.

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    Inactivity researchers are discovering that sitting isn't just harmful to your health, it's so detrimental that a little bit of exercise doesn't offset its negative effects.

    "People who are overweight or obese are far more likely than thinner people to have heart disease, cancer, or diabetes, and to have strokes or heart attacks," NBC reported. "Usually, but not always, fatter people are less fit than thinner people, and exercise can clearly protect you from death and disease." As experts in human motion, physical therapists can design fitness programs to help you exercise safely.