Lead author Dr Avi Biswas, added: ‘The findings suggest that the health risk of sitting too much is less pronounced when physical activity is increased.
‘We need further research to better understand how much physical activity is needed to offset the health risks associated with long sedentary time and optimise our health.’
Further studies are needed to help determine what interventions, in addition to exercise, are effective against the health risk of sitting for long periods of time.
‘Avoiding sedentary time and getting regular exercise are both important for improving your health and survival,’ Dr Alter said.
‘It is not good enough to exercise for 30 minutes a day and be sedentary for 23-and-a-half hours.’