Many consumers struggle to stay physically active and instead lean towards a more sedentary lifestyle. While recent studies have highlighted the health risks associated with extended periods of sitting down, a new study has explored how much physical activity is necessary to cancel out the risks associated with being sedentary.
According to new guidelines released by the World Health Organization (WHO), consumers who spend a great deal of time sitting should strive to exceed weekly global physical activity recommendations as a means of both eliminating health risks of a sedentary lifestyle and reaping the benefits of exercise.
“These guidelines are very timely, given that we are in the middle of a global pandemic, which has confined people indoors for long periods and encouraged an increase in sedentary behavior,” said researcher Emmanuel Stamatakis. “But people can still protect their health and offset the harmful