Evidence supports the common-sense view that any type of activity is beneficial for avoiding premature mortality. Conversely, long periods of inactivity and sitting are deleterious to health.
‘Sit less, move more’ may be key advice for living longer. London: NHS Digital (previously NHS Choices); Behind the Headlines, August 22nd 2019.
This relates to:
Ekelund, U. Tarp, U. [and] Steene-Johannessen, J. [et al] (2019). Dose-response associations between accelerometry measured physical activity and sedentary time and all cause mortality: systematic review and harmonised meta-analysis. BMJ. August 21st 2019. 366: l4570.
Physical Exercise Guidelines
Guidance on physical activity indicates that any form of physical exercise helps to protect against obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and depression.
“ … any activity is better than none, and more is better”.
Strengthen muscles as well as heart to stay fit and healthy, say top doctors. London: BBC Health News, September 7th 2019.
Possibly of interest:
Cutting screen time lowers risk of death, study finds. London: BBC UK News, July 23rd 2020.