More exercise can offset harm of sitting, says WHO

30-40 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity a day can counter excessive sedentary behaviour, research suggests

Exceeding weekly recommended physical activity levels could offset the harms caused by prolonged sitting, the WHO recommends.

The advice, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, is part of new global guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour.

Additional research, also published in the special issue, suggests increasing physical activity can counter the risk of early death linked to long periods of sedentary time.

Co-editor Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis of the University of Sydney