According to a new study of how walking more than 11 minutes a day can reduce the adverse health effects of prolonged sitting.
The study, based on objective data from tens of thousands of people on how they spend their days, found that those who lead the most sedentary lifestyles face a high risk of dying young, but if people get up and move, they significantly reduce this risk, and it does not take too long to do so.
For most of us, prolonged sitting is common, especially now that we face the limitations of the coronavirus. But if you sit for eight hours at work and then walk for half an hour in the evening, it means that you follow the standard exercise recommendation – about 30 minutes of exercise. This is enough to eliminate most of the health risks.
Scientists have collected the results of nine recent studies in which almost 50,000 men and women used accelerometers. Volunteers of middle age and older lived in Europe or the United States. Combining and comparing data from these experiments, the scientists found that most volunteers sat a lot, on average about 10 hours a day, and many hardly moved, doing moderate exercise, usually walking, only two or three minutes a day. The results showed that you need to move for at least 11 minutes to stay healthy.