If you’re like one of the millions of people in a sedentary job or lifestyle, you may wonder how to counteract the negative health impacts of sitting many hours per day. Well, new research suggests that 30-40 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity exercise per day can help offset the increased risk of premature death.
A meta-analysis of over 44,000 people published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine followed participants for 4-14 years across 4 different countries. The middle-aged and older participants were sedentary for an average of 8.5-10.5 hours per day and engaged in moderate-to-vigorous intensity exercise an average of 8-35 minutes per day. Risk of death was increased by 65% in the group that was most sedentary combined with the least amount of exercise (95% CI).
Physical activity guidelines recommend that adults participate in 150-300 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week, or roughly 20-40 minutes per day, or 75-150 minutes of vigorous exercise per week.
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