It's not welcome news, but new research from the University of Cambridge suggests that if you're in an office-based job you should be taking at least one hour of exercise a day to prevent the risk of premature death.
The study, taken over 20 years with data from more than one million adults worldwide, found that sitting for more than eight hours a day could increase your risk of dying young by 59 per cent, but that this risk was entirely eliminated if you did between 60 and 75 minutes exercise per day.
The report, published in medical journal The Lancet, said that the current 'pandemic' of inactivity as a result of the rise of the nine to five is resulting in nearly 90,000 premature deaths per year, with one in six people suffering from type-2 diabetes, heart disease, strokes and cancer.
One of the researchers involved in the study, Dr Pedro Hallal, from the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil, said, "Inactivity is the number one risk factor for non-communicable diseases. This is coronary heart disease, cancers and strokes. It's much more dangerous for your health than obesity and obesity gets far more attention."
NHS guidelines currently advise adults to do 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day but this doesn't take into account that 37% of adults are completely inactive, meaning that they spend less than 30 minutes on their feet.
Are you one of them? Time to book into that lunchtime spinning class.
Via Harper's Bazaar UK