It is possible to “compensate” for a sedentary lifestyle: scientists told what to do

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Researchers have named the exact amount of exercise that will help smooth out the negative effect.

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It has long been known that a sedentary lifestyle negatively affects our health. Remote or office work, and now the coronavirus pandemic, have greatly exacerbated this problem. But it seems that scientists have found a way out, writes Science Alert.

In a new study, researchers were able to calculate the exact amount of exercise that would help offset 10 hours of sitting still. The study is based on a meta-analysis of nine earlier studies, which in total involved more than 44,000 people from around the world. All recipients wore some form of fitness tracker.

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The analysis shows that the risk of early death increases in proportion to how the amount of daily mobility decreases from moderate to intense. The researchers concluded that people who spend about 10 hours immobile, but at the same time engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity for 30 to 40 minutes a day, significantly reduce the risk of early death.

Scientists believe that just 30-40 minutes of cycling, brisk walking or even gardening a day will be enough to significantly improve your health.

According to Emmanuel Stamatakis, a physical activity and population health researcher at the University of Sydney in Australia, any amount of physical activity, no matter how much, is always better—doing something is always better than doing nothing.

Note that Earlier, WHO published its recommendations for combating a sedentary lifestyle. According to them, a person needs at least 150-300 minutes of moderate physical activity per week, or 75-150 minutes of intense physical activity.

As a result, scientists have made a number of recommendations that will help increase the amount of activity in everyday life:

  • choose the stairs instead of the elevator;
  • play with children and pets;
  • do yoga or dance;
  • do household chores and cleaning;
  • ride a bike.

All of the above recommendations should be laid at least 30-40 minutes a day – this way you can compensate for the harm caused to the body by a sedentary lifestyle .