New research shows that office workers and other people who sit a lot must exercise one hour a day. If they do this, they will increase their chances living longer. Doctors have been telling us a long time that sitting down all day will shorten our life. Researchers now say that sitting a chair all day is as dangerous to our health as smoking or being overweight. Research over one million adults found that sitting at least eight hours a day could increase the risk dying early by to 60 per cent. However, there is good news those who sit at a desk all day. An hour's "brisk exercise" each day can cancel the risk of an early death linked to sitting all day.
The research was published time for people to read the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Researchers hope this will encourage people to exercise more. They say that being inactive increases the risk getting heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Watching TV all day is one the worst things we can do as that also means we get no exercise and are likely to eat unhealthy snacks. One researcher said office workers should find opportunities to get of their seat more often. Professor Ulf Eklund advised people to: "Take a five-minute break every hour, go to the next office, go upstairs the coffee machine, go to the printer." He added: "Build physical activity your everyday life."