Even if you exercise for 30 minutes each day, your risk of poor health increases if you sit the rest of the day. In a recent study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers in Finland had over 3,700 adults wear activity trackers for one week that allowed them to determine whether someone was sitting, walking or formally exercising at any point during the day. They observed that a large percentage of the study participants performed exercise for 30 minutes each day. But if they also sat for 10 to 12 hours the rest of the day – whether it was at work or at home after work – they tended to have higher body fat, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels. On the other hand, moving even a little bit more during the day, whether it’s more exercise or just walking from place to place, proved to lead to better overall health.
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