Hour’s activity ‘offsets sedentary day’

Hour’s activity ‘offsets sedentary day’

An hour’s “brisk exercise” each day offsets the risks of early death linked to a desk-bound working life, scientists suggest.

The analysis of data from more than a million people is part of a study of physical activity published in the Lancet to coincide with the Olympics.

Watching TV was found to be worse than sitting at a desk, probably because of associated habits like snacking.

Current NHS guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week.

Being inactive is known to increase the risk of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

It has been linked to 5.3 million deaths globally a year – compared with 5.1 million linked to smoking.

The Lancet research says the global cost, for healthcare and lost productivity, is estimated at $67.5bn per year.

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