Labour Research September 2016

Health & Safety Matters

Daily exercise cuts sedentary work risk

A study examining the association between sedentary behaviour and physical activity has found that the increased risks of early death associated with sitting for eight hours a day was eliminated for people who did a minimum of one hour of moderate physical activity a day. 

The authors of the study say that its results provide further evidence on the benefits of physical activity, particularly in societies — like the UK — where increasing numbers of people have to sit for long hours for work. 

The results of the study by Professor Ulf Ekelund and others were published in the medical journal, The Lancet.