Here’s how you can offset health impacts of sitting all day, according to new research – GLOBAL

October 26, 2023

Whether it’s a brisk walk around the block, mowing the lawn, or playing tennis, clocking 22 minutes of moderate physical activity every day may be enough to offset the unhealthy lifestyle of sitting for long periods of time, according to a recent study.

The observational study, published Tuesday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, found that a sedentary lifestyle was associated with a higher risk of death but only in people who got less than 22 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity a day.

“Small amounts of moderate to vigorous physical activity may be an effective strategy to ameliorate the mortality risk from high sedentary time, where accumulating more than 22 minutes eliminates the risk of high sedentary time,” the researchers stated.

Moderate physical activity can include walking quickly, skating and bike riding, Health Canada states on its website. Vigorous activities include running, basketball, soccer and cross-country skiing.

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