Undoing a day of sitting only takes about 40 minutes, according to scientists (Credit: Getty)

Our approaches increasingly sedentary lifestyle It actually doesn’t take as much effort as you think.

Scientists have calculated how much exercise you need to ‘compensate’ for the whole day.

They say up to 40 minutes of “moderate to vigorous physical activity” a day should be enough.

The data comes from a study published a few years ago that analyzed nine previous studies consisting of 44,370 people who all wore some form of fitness tracker.

“In active individuals who engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity for approximately 30-40 minutes, the association between high sedentary time and risk of death is not significantly different from those with low amount of sedentary time,” the researchers explained in their paper. study.

The findings broadly reinforce current World Health Organization guidelines on physical activity levels for adults aged 18 to 64.

According to The WHOthese adults:

  • should do at least 150-300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity;
  • or at least 75-150 minutes of vigorous aerobic physical activity; or an equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous intensity activity throughout the week
  • should also do moderate or higher intensity muscle-strengthening activities involving all major muscle groups 2 or more days a week as they provide additional health benefits.
  • can increase moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity to more than 300 minutes; or more than 150 minutes of vigorous aerobic physical activity; or an equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous intensity activity throughout the week for additional health benefits.
  • To help reduce the adverse health effects of high levels of sedentary behavior, all adults and older adults should strive to exceed recommended levels of moderate to vigorous physical activity.

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