We’ve been told our office jobs are killing us. Sitting down at a desk all day is bad for our health, our waistline, our posture.
So it’s a good day when you find out there are changes you can make that don’t just involve investing in a trendy standing or treadmill desk. Not so good when you find out you’ve seriously got to step up your exercise regime.
“High levels of moderate intensity physical activity (ie. about 60-75 min per day) seem to eliminate the increased risk of death associated with high sitting time,” the study states.
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Happily, this hour of activity can be merely brisk walking or cycling — so, no, you don’t need to be sweating bullets at the gym every day.
The scientists examined results of over one million people from the US, Europe and Australia across 16 studies to reach their conclusions.
Physical inactivity has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. It’s associated with a staggering more than five million deaths per year. It also costs the global economy over US$67.5 billion per year in health care costs and lost productivity.
The Lancet research states that people who sit for eight hours a day but are physically active have a much lower risk of death compared to people who sit for fewer hours a day, but are not physically active.
This suggests that exercise is vital even if the hours spent sitting each day are less.