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Physical inactivity: one of the greatest public health threats in society

Despite overwhelming evidence, not enough people are getting up regularly, stretching their legs and simply moving their bodies.
How many? According to new research involving more than a million people, in 2015 23% of adults globally, and an alarming 80% of school children, failed to be as active as they should.

So what does this mean? The bad news is: sedentary behaviour may increase the chance of dying earlier. The least active study participants (who sat for more than eight hours a day) were 59% more likely to have died during the study follow up than those who sat for less than four hours a day.

The good news is, that the study found that an hour of moderate phicical activity per day (brisk walking, cycling) may eliminate this risk.

We know that sedentary lifestyles are linked to poorer health. For many people, work (or travelling to work) involves sitting down for long periods. While some people may be able to change this, for example by using a standing desk or cycling to work, for others it's not so easy.

Time is also a factor. Life today is busy and not everyone feels they can dedicate an hour each day to a workout.

There are things that can be incorporated into your daily routine that can help get exercise in, without taking time away from other responsibilities.

Remember, regular breaks and exercises are proven to be better at preventing risks associated to sedentary behaviour, compared with low or no breaks for most of the day and a one concentrated period of activity. 

Try the below suggestions for an easy and effective way to incorporate activity into your daily routine:

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