“Just one hour physical activity a day could undo damage from 8 hours sitting around”

“RESULTS FROM A new study have shown that just one hour of physical activity could offset the negative health effects of eight hours of sitting down a day.

The results come from a four paper series published today in UK medical journal The Lancet.

They show that one hour a day of physical activity, such as brisk walking, cycling for leisure or jogging can help negate the bad effects of sitting down for more than eight hours a day.

Physical inactivity is linked to a number of serious health problems, including an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

Figures show that it is responsible for over five million deaths per year.

As well as this, the series carried out the first global economic analysis of physical inactivity and found that it costs the world economy $67.5 billion (€61.3 billion) a year in health care costs and lost productivity.”

Full article from The Journal.ie here http://www.thejournal.ie/physical-activity-study-2898086-Jul2016/

Full REport from The Lancet here http://www.thelancet.com/series/physical-activity-2016