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Any Physical Activity Reduces Risk of Death

Date: 29th October
Author: Admin

A study published in the (British Medical Journal) BMJ, shows that physical activity regardless of intensity, is associated with a lower risk of early death in middle-aged adults and older people. On the flip side, being sedentary for 9.5 hours or more a day (excluding sleeping time) is associated with an increased risk of death.

Many studies suggest that physical activity makes a positive contribution to health and long life, with sedentary behaviour having the opposite effect. Sedentary lifestyles are associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and all-cause mortality.

In regards to sedentary behaviour, the guidelines recommend that sitting periods be broken up as often as possible, with sedentary recreational time limited to 2 hours each day.

  • Light-intensity activities included walking slowly or tasks such as cooking or washing dishes.
  • Moderate activities included brisk walking, vacuuming or mowing the lawn.
  • High intensity activities included brisk walking, jogging, carrying heavy loads or digging.

The researchers found that any level of physical activity, regardless of intensity, was associated with a substantially lower risk of death.

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