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SHOCKER: Exercise doesn’t protect arteries!

I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing in the world I find more mind-numbingly dull than a run on a treadmill or a ride-to-nowhere on a stationary bike.

The couple times I’ve tried those things, I’ve wanted OFF within five minutes… not because I was worn out, but because I was bored out of my gourd!

It’s not an issue anymore. I gave up “exercise” years ago, and I’ve never been more fit — and new research shows I’ve got it right and all those treadmill junkies have it wrong.

And if you’re one of them… if you’re relying on a daily 30-minute sweat session to keep fit and healthy… you could be DEAD wrong.

In fact, daily exercise won’t cut your risk of dropping dead from a heart problem, a new study confirms.

I know that’s not what you’ve heard, and you certainly won’t read about it in the glossy brochures they use to sell overpriced gym memberships.

But the new study shows in black and white that the real measure of health isn’t in how much time you spend exercising.

It’s how much time you spend NOT SITTING.

Every hour you keep your meat parked in a seat boosts your risk of calcium buildup in the coronary arteries by 12 percent.

That’s one of the biggest markers of coronary heart disease, and a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke… and if you’ve got one hand on the remote control for hours at a time, your risk suddenly jumps to 24 percent… 36 percent… 48 percent… and more.

Ready for the key to this whole business?

The study confirms just what other researchers have found: Daily exercise makes no difference at all one way or another.

Both folks who do AND don’t exercise have the same calcium buildups, based on how much time they spend sitting.

The reason is pretty simple.

When you sit, your metabolism slows like molasses in winter. Your blood pools and your body has a sluggish response to food and a harder time controlling blood sugar — which is why being sedentary is a risk factor for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even death.

If you’ve been sitting for hours, a spin or two on the hamster wheel won’t undo any of that risk — so you may as well not even bother.

And if you’re up, active, and moving around naturally throughout the day, then you don’t need that exercise anyway — because you’re already getting all the movement you need.

So forget the gym. And if you’ve got an exercise bike or treadmill, put it up for sale on Craig’s List, or put it to use in the traditional American way: They’re excellent for hanging laundry.

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