A new report has indicated that individuals who sit down for extended periods of time are at greater risk of contracting pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal when it reaches the lungs.
The Press Association reports that research recently published in the British Medical Journal surveyed a total of 70,000 women and found those who sat down for more than 41 non-working hours per week were at greatest danger.
While the report is considered to be the first to establish a possible link, its authors stressed the likelihood of developing pulmonary embolism due to leading a sedentary lifestyle remains only marginally higher than taking the contraceptive pill or travelling on long-haul flights.
"Combining at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day with other healthy lifestyle choices ... will also help to protect you from developing circulatory disease conditions such as pulmonary embolism," said British Heart Foundation senior cardiac nurse Natasha Stewart.
Last week, Slimming World spokeswoman Jenny Caven suggested regular exercise could help to beat stress as well as boosting self-confidence and general physical health.