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Let’s be real. In today’s society, ‘couch potatoes’ have arguably crossed over into the workplace environment. Many American workers take to their cubicles 8 hours of the day and many tack on an addition 4 hours sitting in their cars commuting back and forth to the office. Well, the time has finally come to start taking those trips to the water cooler a bit more serious.

Add greater risk of kidney and bladder cancer to the long list of why a lifetime of sitting isn’t good for your health, a new study suggests.

Specifically, lifetime recreational inactivity was associated with a 73 percent increased risk of bladder cancer and a 77 percent increased risk of kidney cancer.

The findings add to growing evidence that inactivity may be a significant risk factor for cancer, the researchers said.

“We hope that findings like ours will motivate inactive people to engage in some form of physical activity,” said study senior author Kirsten Moysich. She is a professor of oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y.

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