An international team of researchers from Norway, Australia and the United States has determined that an hour of moderate physical activity compensates for the negative effects of an eight-hour day in the office. A sedentary lifestyle is associated with the risk of premature death - people with an active lifestyle are 28–59% less likely to die.
According to scientists, a person who spends 8 hours a day in a sitting position only needs to exercise for an hour and a half. You don't need to go to the gym every day - brisk walking and cycling at a speed of about 16 kilometers per hour are suitable types of physical activity. In this case, the periods of physical activity can be distributed throughout the day - for example, half an hour by bike to work and back. Scientists came to this conclusion after conducting a meta-analysis of 16 studies, which in total were attended by more than a million people from around the world. The research results are published in the scientific journal Lancet.
The new data contradicts a previously published study by scientists at the University of São Paulo School of Medicine, which recommended that people with a sedentary lifestyle reduce the amount of time spent at the desk or behind the wheel to three hours a day, and said that physical activity does not provide a significant benefit. in the fight against the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle.
Let's hope that the authors of the new study are right after all - their recommendations are easier for most of us to follow than spending less than three hours a day at the office desk.