Too much sitting doesn’t just put you at risk for bulging disc and tension headaches — it’s now considered as dangerous as smoking. (1) But guess what? You may be able to eliminate your increased risk of early death caused by too much sitting at work by exercising one hour a day.
That’s the verdict a team of scientists came to after publishing a paper reviewing 16 other studies looking at more than 1 million people’s sedentary behavior and death risk. That news may come as a wave of relief, especially if you’re reading it, well, sitting behind a screen.
The researchers found that at least an hour of moderate-level physical activity a day (things like cycling at about 10 mph or brisk walking) could cancel out the increased risk of death associated with a sedentary lifestyle. For the purposes of this study, they found one hour of exercise canceled out the negative effects of sitting 8 hours a day, something that’s all too common in office settings. The study found exercising an hour did not completely eliminate the risk associated with increased sitting due to too much TV time, though