I woke up this morning to the Today Programme heralding a study that has proven: a lack of exercise is responsible for nearly 10% of global deaths (5.3 million of the 57 million deaths worldwide). According to the research, which was published in the medical journal, The Lancet, inactivity causes roughly the same number of deaths as smoking does.
More specifically, the study found that the cause of death in these cases was coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and colon cancer.
There was a notable difference in activity levels among nations, with Swaziland (69% inactive) and Saudi Arabia (68.8% inactive) topping the list. The UK was not far behind with 63.3% of the population failing to engage in physical activity. The US was slightly better with 40.5% of the population remaining inactive. 34% of Canadians are inactive.
Activity is clearly beneficial to health and quality of life, and has now been proven in essence to stave off death.
But what does active mean?
30 minutes of moderate exercise (think a brisk walk) five times a week OR 15 minutes of vigorous exercise (really working hard and getting your sweat on) three times a week. That’s all it takes.
Studies also prove that this exercise doesn’t have to be undertaken all at once. It can be divided into two sessions of 15 minutes or even three sessions of 10 minutes. That means a couple of short walks throughout the day! Try a short break to walk around the block, getting off public transport early on your commute, or parking your car in the furthest space from the storefront.
Rather than being saddened by this study, I think we should embrace it! How wonderful is it to think that we have the power and control to take charge of our health by doing something simple to address it!?
So try using one of these motivational methods, and get out there for a big old legs shake-out right now!
Have a wonderful Workout Wednesday!
What do you think about this research?
Do you fit into the active or inactive category?
Any fun workout plans today?