We all know that sitting at a desk all day is bad for us and because of this many companies are opting to provide their staff with standing desks and encouraging standing meetings. If you don’t have those luxuries however, it can be hard to know exactly how much exercise you need to do to avoid turning into well… a blob.
Thanks to a new study published in The Lancet, we can now finally be sure about how much exercise we should really be doing. So what’s the answer? Apparently it all depends on how much time you spend sitting down every day.
People who work an eight-hour day and spend most of that time sitting, should spend at least one hour each day moving. If you are very lucky and for some reason only work a six hour day, you should spend half an hour per day exercising. Best of all, the research also found that the exercise doesn’t have to be intense or in a single block – it can be as simple as taking a ten minute walk a few times a day.
To come to this conclusion, the team behind the study looked at data from one million adults who were over the age of 45 and from Western Europe, the U.S., and Australia. While the conclusions reached appear to be higher than that of previous studies, the fact that this study supports doing the exercise in small bursts throughout the day means that overall, the ideal is much more attainable.