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Lack of Exercise More Deadly than Obesity - New Study

posted Jan 29, 2015, 8:04 AM by Walk Strong Calgary
"From a public health perspective, it is as important to increase levels of physical activity as it is to reduce the levels of obesity - maybe even more so."   - Ulf Ekelund, University of Cambridge, England

The above quote comes in the wake of a study published recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the results of which revealed that regardless of current body weight, going from a sedentary lifestyle to an active one can reduce the risk of premature death substantially. In as little as 20 minutes a day, you can actually reduce your risk of an early death by as much as 30% simply by adding a brisk walk to your daily routine. Still think you have to work out vigorously for at least an hour to realize any benefits? Not so according to the researchers. 

Activity is the Key
 
The British team studied a group of 334,000 men and women over a 12-year period and found that the key to lowering risk was in performing a moderate amount of physical activity compared to no activity. In fact, they estimate that exercise that burns 90-110 calories a day can reduce risk of early death by 16-30%.* 

Our bodies were designed to move, and the old adage 'use it or lost it' is quite apt. The longer you're inactive, the more difficult it becomes to do even common, everyday tasks. You huff and puff going up even short flights of stairs. Getting up off the couch becomes an effort. Bending over to tie your shoes is hard because your joints are stiff. Reaching overhead to the top shelf in the cupboard becomes next to impossible. 

On the other hand, if you're even moderately active, you reap an amazing number of benefits, including increased 
range of motion and healthier, stronger heart and lungs; stronger bones and joints; a boosted immune system; better memory, alertness and cognitive function; reduced stress and depression; better motor skills... the list goes on and on. 

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*source: www.webmd.com
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