By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Well, we have yet another study stressing the importance of exercise. The more time men spend sitting at a desk, the greater the risk of being overweight or obese.READ MORE: Philadelphia Fourth Of July Shooting: $20,000 Reward Offered In Shooting That Injured 2 Police Officers During Fireworks Show On Ben Franklin Parkway
The numbers are interesting. Roughly speaking, if you sit behind a desk six hours a day, you have almost doubled the risk of obesity when you compare it to someone who spends only 45 minutes a day behind a desk. Five minutes a day behind a desk actually is five more than you need.READ MORE: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Fed Up With City's Gun Violence Problem, Says He'll Be Happy When He's Not Mayor
As you know, we should be exercising as much as possible. Of course you can’t help it if you have a desk job. But the lesson is clear. If you have a desk job, you need to get out and exercise when you’re not at work. You have to take the time to do it. If not, it will catch up with you. You’ll get inflexible and you’ll gain weight.MORE NEWS: Deputy John Foster Identified As Montgomery County Bomb Squad Member Injured In Philadelphia Fourth Of July Fireworks Shooting
It seems obvious and it is hard to exercise at the end of a long day but it is well worth it.