One of the leading sport medicine consultants in Britain has revealed that standing for at least three hours in a day was as good as running ten marathons a year.
Terming the official guidelines on exercise as "impractical", Dr Mike Loosemore, Lead Consultant in Exercise Medicine at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, said that less than seven percent of men and four percent of women are able to meet the government's recommendation of spending half an hour a day, five days a week doing moderate exercise.
"The message I want to try to get out there is that small amounts of physical activity, although not reaching the government guidelines, are still doing you a lot of good - even just standing up is good for you. I'm standing up now, I'm using all the small muscles in my legs and the rest of me, I'm keeping myself upright. If I stood up like this and worked standing up, which I do, three hours a day, five days a week, that would be the equivalent of running ten marathons a year", he said.