During a follow-up period of two to 18 years, researchers found that these workers had a 9.9 percent chance of mortality. In contrast, those who sat for less than four hours and consistently committed to doing 60 minutes of activity had just a 6.8 percent chance of mortality.
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And while most health experts agree a daily 30minute sweat sesh is enough for our bodies and minds to keep fit, the study’s lead author advises we double this in order to offset the effects of a sedentary lifestyle.
“You don’t need to do sport, you don’t need to go to the gym. It’s OK doing some brisk walking maybe in the morning, during lunchtime, after dinner in the evening,” explains Professor Ulf Ekelund in an interview with The Guardian.
“You can split it up over the day, but you need to do at least one hour.”