It is no secret that physical activity comes with a bunch of health benefits. Exercise can help maintain weight and save one from obesity or becoming overweight, both of which are accompanied by a number of health complications. Staying active is also good for one’s cardiovascular and cardiorespiratory health.
On the other hand, a sedentary lifestyle is accompanied by many negatives for one’s health. It can lead to diabetes, poor blood circulation, chronic pain, cancer, etc. Sitting on hours for end can also make you put on weight and weaken your muscles. Keeping all of this in view, it is essential to get moving to protect your health.
Now a new study shows that sitting for too long can lead to early death whereas replacing sitting time with physical activity for just half an hour can reduce this risk.
What Does This New Study Reveal?
A new study which has been published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine explains that a sedentary lifestyle can up one’s risk of early death. This research says that even light physical activity can reduce this risk among adults who don’t lead an active lifestyle. Instead of sitting, physical activity should be engaged in for half an hour, a move which can reduce 50% of the risk of premature death.
This is because low or moderate intensity exercises are associated to a lower risk of heart-related problems, cancers and other health complications which are linked to premature death. For the purpose of this study, researchers assessed the sitting time, low-intensity physical activity, and moderate to vigorous physical activity of 92,541 participants who had taken part in ACS’s Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort.
The physical activity and sitting habits of these people were looked at for about 14 years. The findings of the study were the following:
- 30 minutes of sitting when replaced with light physical activity by the least active adults could reduce risk of death by 14%. This risk of death was reduced by 45% when half an hour of sitting was replaced by moderate to vigorous physical activity.
- In the case of moderately active people, replacing sitting with light physical activity could reduce risk of premature death by 6%. Whereas the replacement of this sedentary time with moderate to vigorous physical activity could reduce mortality by 17%
This shows that movement is necessary if one wants to protect his health from serious life-threatening diseases. However, it must be noted here that this study had some limitations. The analysis was made on the grounds of self-reported sitting time and physical activity. Moreover, an adult’s physical movement as part of his daily life were not taken into account.
A new research stresses on the need to replace sitting time with physical activity as the former ups the risk of early death while the latter reduces the risk of premature death. This is not the first study that has pointed out the link that physical activity and a sedentary lifestyle share with mortality.