New research shows that lack of exercise and inactivity is as deadly as smoking. The negative impacts of being inactive are comparable to the same issues that smoking brings. Both cause chronic disease and increased risk of death. Smoking rates are actually even lower than the number of inactive people.
One-third of adults are not active enough, and the inactivity is causing 5.3 million deaths per year. Everyone knows the amazing benefits to being active and exercising regularly, but now there are a multitude of dangers that come from the opposite. Adults should do at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least 3 times per week.
According to Medical Bill and Coding Infographics, Sitting is Killing You.
- We average 9.3 hours per day sitting
- Sitting increases risk of death up to 40%, even if you exercise.
- As soon as you sit down, electrical activity in the legs shuts down.
- People with sitting jobs have twice the rate of cardiovascular disease as people with standing jobs.
- Each hour spent watching TV is equal to an 11% higher death risk.
It's important to interrupt sitting whenever you can by stretching, walking around, or doing jumping jacks. Take the stairs when given the option over the elevator or escalator. Read more here.