Deskbound? One hour of physical activity can improve your health

Story highlights

  • A study found that one hour of daily physical activity can offset prolonged periods of sitting
  • Physical inactivity is linked to increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer

(CNN)It's well-known that sitting down all day, be it at your desk, on the couch or in a car, is bad for your health. People know they should be getting up regularly, stretching their legs and simply moving their bodies more, but how many actually do it?

Not enough.
    Twenty-three percent of adults globally -- and an alarming 80% of adolescents at school -- failed to be as active as they should have been in 2015, according to a new study. The potential health consequences are big, particularly for people who spend more of their day sitting.