Recently, the British Medical Journal had published a series of studies on the health consequences of physical inactivity. The results were shocking. According to the study, it shows that physical inactivity is responsible for up to 10 percent of the “burden of disease”, leading to a variety of health issues.
Unexpectedly, it is now the fourth-leading cause of death globally. How many people die of it every year? 5.3 million. It nearly accounts for one in 10 deaths! To put it in perspective, it is even more than the number of deaths from smoking!
To narrow it down, when we talk about physical inactivity, we meant as in, the specific act of sitting. For some of us, we sit for long periods of time on a typical day(work, eat, coffee breaks, televisions, and when we are using computers).
A daily 15-30 minute daily exercise would be substantially beneficial, especially if you are sitting 6-8hours at work, and another few more hours of sitting outside of work. In fact, studies show that the cumulative effects of sitting are not easily treatable by exercise.
In 2010, a study consisting more than 100,000 adults, found that those who sat for more 6 hours/day would still be more likely to die than those who sat less than 3 hours, even if the group of adults who sat for 6hours/day exercise regularly.
It is said that, physical inactivity is a risk factor comparable to smoking! That’s how unhealthy it is for our body. Especially now that it is summer, go out there and enjoy the sunshine and work your body!