In the study, participants, mostly aged over 45, were classed by their levels of physical activity – from up to five minutes a day to more than an hour – and by the amount of time spent seated.
This was compared with death rates over up to 18 years among the adults, who came from western Europe, Australia and the US.
Among those who sat for at least eight hours daily and managed less than five minutes’ activity mortality rates were 9.9 per cent.
But those who spent just as long seated, but managed at least an hour’s exercise, saw death rates drop to 6.2 per cent.
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“This report is showing that inactivity kills,” he said. “When we realised this about smoking we tackled it – we need to do the same about our office culture.”
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These include placing bus stops further apart to force people to walk longer to and from them