Just a little bit of exercise can go a long way. In fact, a new study shows that twice as many premature deaths occur due to inactivity compared to the premature deaths attributed to obesity.
The researchers analyzed the height, weight, age, physical activity levels, and more of approximately 330,000 men and women. The most notable reduction in premature death risk was among the participants who were a normal weight and participated in moderate exercise. Moderate physical activity as simple as 20 minutes of walking each day is valuable, and can reduce the risk of premature death by 16-30%. This is true even for individuals who are not overweight or obese.
This study’s aim is not to suggest that overweight or obese individuals are not at risk. It is actually quite the opposite. Everyone can benefit from daily physical activity even if considered to be a healthy weight.
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Source: Ekelund U, Ward H, Norat T, et al. Physical activity and all-cause mortality across levels of overall and abdominal adiposity in European men and women: the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition Study (EPIC). The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, First published ahead of print January 14, 2015 as doi: 10.3945/ajcn.114.100065.