A series of reports published in the journal, The Lancet, revealed that globally, lack of exercise is responsible for 1 in 10 premature deaths – a number very close to the number one cause of premature death – smoking.
In recent months, obesity has surpassed smoking as the number one healthcare cost in the nation, so these reports come as no surprise in the U.S., but the pandemic is clearly worldwide. According to the data, more than 30 percent of the world’s adult population is completely sedentary – meaning they do not meet the recommended standard of 150 minutes per week of moderate activity, such as a simple brisk walk. In America that number is much higher, with 43.3 percent of adults failing to meet the minimum recommendation.
Of course, death doesn’t suddenly find you because you haven’t made good use of your running shoes. Most cases of premature death were linked to the development of diseases brought on by a lack of physical activity: heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Ten percent of the premature deaths cited in the study were also linked to breast and colon cancers.
According to Time Healthland, recent studies have found that risk of developing breast cancer is minimized, when women take measures to reduce fat, particularly abdominal fat, which may trigger the development of breast cancer. Experts suggest that colon cancer risk is reduced because physical activity improves digestion and regularity – moving cancer-causing waste out of the body.
The blame has been shifted to modern conveniences – cars are the most common way to get around and smart phones have given you the world at your fingertips. WHo really needs to move to get anywhere or do anything? Researchers say it wouldn’t take much for the world to turn around this crisis. One of the lead authors of the study told The New York Times, “It only takes a 20- or 30-minute walk most days of the week. With rare exceptions, everyone, everywhere can manage that,” and five million lives around the world could be extended. If you take this stance – your life could be extended too.