Tag: healthy

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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Never mind the fat. It’s being fit that matters

Never mind the fat. It’s being fit that matters

It is OK to be fat – so long as you are fit, according to a study. How many inches you measure round your waist may matter less than how often you visit the gym or play football.

Rising obesity is one of the world’s greatest health challenges but it may be that fatness is the wrong target for concern and fitness is what really counts.

Researchers have found that up to half of people who are defined as “obese” are in fact fit and healthy and at no greater risk of becoming ill or dying prematurely than normal weight individuals.

The finding will reassure sportsmen and women who find themselves carrying a few extra pounds while maintaining a high level of performance on the field.

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