Research published in the BMJ combined data from eight studies from the US, UK and Scandinavia in which 36,000 participants over the age of 40 wore motion sensors around their waist for four to seven days a week over a six year period.
The study revealed a correlation between physical activity at a moderate level for 24 minutes a day (whether that be making dinner or mowing the lawn) and a steep decrease in deaths.
So even if you’ve skipped your HIIT class, a quick wipe of the kitchen could still help your health.
On the contrary, it was found that those who lived a more sedentary lifestyle, sitting for 9.5 hours or more, were reported to die earlier and have a higher risk of developing medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and depression.
This matches the Australian Department of Health’s recommendation that adults engage in 150-300 minutes of moderate physical activity a week or 75-150 minutes of high-intensity physical activity per week.
Guess we won’t be whining about taking out the rubbish in future….