The researchers noted that with so few people meeting current activity guidelines, there’s a real opportunity here for people to increase their activity and reduce their chances of early death and heart disease.
“Our study found that a combination of sitting and inactivity accounted for 8.8 percent of all deaths, which is close to the contribution of smoking,” added Professor Lear.
“It’s a global problem that has a remarkably simple fix. Scheduling time to get out of that chair is a great start.”
Even a small amount of exercise can have significant health effects, regardless of whether or not weight is lost in the process.