Australian House & Garden - - Living -

Are some types of ex­er­cise bet­ter than oth­ers for coun­ter­ing the ef­fects of pro­longed sit­ting? The main thing is to avoid long pe­ri­ods of in­ac­tiv­ity, says Pro­fes­sor Dun­stan. He ad­vises meet­ing the Aus­tralian guide­lines for phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity: 2.5-5hrs of mod­er­ate-in­ten­sity ac­tiv­ity (such as walk­ing) or 75mins to 2.5hrs of vig­or­ous-in­ten­sity ac­tiv­ity (such as run­ning) each week, and two-weekly ses­sions of mus­cle­strength­en­ing ex­er­cises. “We don’t use our mus­cles much in a seden­tary job, so strength train­ing is im­por­tant.”

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