Are you sitting too much?

04 April 2017

Shocking new stats show that the average person spends two and a half months of the year sitting down.

There’s no better feeling than getting comfy on your couch after a long day at work.

But shocking new stats show that the average British person spends two and a half months of the year sitting down.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) conducted the research, which comes hot on the heels of data from Britain's National Health Service (NHS) that found a quarter of adults in the U.K. manage less than 30 minutes of exercise per week.

The BHF’s study backs up the startling stats, as researchers further found almost half of women and a third of men are inactive as they are getting less than 30 minutes of moderate exercise a week.

Read more: If you have an office job, you really, really need to exercise. Here’s why

A sedentary lifestyle has previously been blamed on one in six deaths, and it is linked to a higher risk of cancer, heart disease, dementia, thinning of the bones and muscular conditions such as arthritis.

“Physical inactivity is one of the most significant global health crises of the moment,” BHF’s medical director Dr Mike Knapton commented. “Levels of physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour in the U.K. remain stubbornly high and combined these two risk factors present a substantial threat to our cardiovascular health and risk of early death. Making physical activity easier and more accessible for all is of paramount importance if we are to reduce the burden of inactivity-related ill health.”

Incorporating gentle exercise into your daily routine doesn't need to be a chore for you; getting off the bus a stop early on the way to and from work will get your blood flowing, as will doing some vigorous housework or gardening. And if you’ve fallen into the habit of driving to places that are local to you, break the cycle and start walking.

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