Sitting and Premature Death

Would you take a brisk 20-minute walk each day if you knew it could reduce your risk of premature death by up to 30 percent? Well… lace up your walking shoes, because that’s what scientists from the University of Cambridge revealed.

Everyone in the study benefited from the modest increase in physical activity, regardless of whether they were normal weight, overweight, or obese. In fact, the researchers believe that increasing exercise is even more important than reducing obesity in terms of public health.

Their data suggests that at least twice as many deaths occur due to a lack of exercise than due to obesity. This is really astounding, considering one in five US deaths are associated with obesity. Study author Ulf Ekelund from the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge told TIME:

“This is a simple message: just a small amount of physical activity each day could have substantial health benefits for people who are physically inactive.”..... READ MORE....