A study appearing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine studied the effects of replacing sedentary time with light exercise.
The study tracked the activity levels of 423 participants for 10 days. The participants were ages 21 to 35, with BMI values of 20-35. A follow-up exam was then performed a year later to understand the lasting benefits of replacing sedentary time with light exercise.
Prolonged periods of sedentary behavior were associated with poorer physical and mental health, while moderate-to-high levels of physical activity showed the greatest health and mood benefits. These results may be useful advice for nurses to provide patients who may be struggling with staying active.
Please read more about the study here.