We’ve always known activity is good for us, but a new study published in the journal Plos One shows sitting for extended periods of time can negatively affect your brain. Unfortunately, being active during other times of the day does not counteract these negative effects. Their study, which looked at middle-aged and older adults, associated self-reported hours per day spent sitting and less thickness in the medial temporal lobe (MTL) substructures. Atrophy of the MTL substructures occurs naturally as we get older and impairs memory.

A second study shows you should try to get in at least two hours of movement in every day, so plan some breaks into your next extended sitting session or find some exercises you can do to stay active while sitting at your desk.

Read more in the article: Sitting Too Long Could Put Your Brain Health at Risk.