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Here’s How Much to Exercise to Undo the Damage from Sitting All Day

by Anna Scanlon, Natural Society:

It’s bad news for those who work in an office. A new study shows that sitting for eight hours per day can be as dangerous as obesity and even smoking. But there is something one can do to reverse this damage – exercise (or just get moving) for one hour per day!

This new research comes after scientists analyzed data from over 1 million people, involving many previous studies done on the topic. It was found that sitting all day can contribute to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and even premature death.

It was found that it would take 60-75 minutes per day of moderate-intensity exercise to undo the damage of a daily regimen of sitting in place. Doing so could actually dramatically reduce the risk of premature death and other varying risk factors.

One of the authors of the study, Ulf Ekelund of the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences, said:

“We cannot stress enough the importance of getting exercise, whether it’s getting out for a walk at lunchtime, going for a run in the morning or cycling to work.” [1]

Lars Bo Andersen, who added commentary on the research for its publication in the journal Lancet, agrees with the assessment. He said other problems also have an effect on health, not just sitting for eight hours a day on its own.

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