Why sitting down all day is bad for your brain

Japanese college graduates listen to speeches during a job-hunting rally at an outdoor theatre in Tokyo February 20, 2015. Some 1500 graduates from Japanese vocational schools attended a pep rally designed to boost their morale as they break into the job market this year.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT EDUCATION) - RTR4QCSW

Prolonged sitting can have serious effects on the brain's fuel supply and cognitive function Image: REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Michael Wheeler
Daniel Green
Winthrop Professor, University of Western Australia
David Dunstan
Professor and Laboratory Head of Physical Activity, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
Paul Gardiner
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Healthy Ageing, The University of Queensland
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