It may seem harmless, but sitting for long periods of time can take years off your life. Yet a little physical activity can make a life-saving difference.
Researchers have found a direct relationship between excessive sedentary time and an early death. Between stay-at-home behaviors compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic and with holiday season upon us, individuals run the risk of becoming more inactive as major feasting and relaxation take over.
The good news: A new study published in theBritish Journal of Sports Medicine has found that a short amount of exercise each day can offset those harmful effects.
In a meta-analysis of nine previous investigations involving more than 44,000 middle-aged and older men and women (who recorded their physical activity with fitness trackers), scientists discovered that 30 to 40 minutes per day of “moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity” could counteract the negative health effects of sitting still for