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Getting 30 Minutes of Daily Exercise Could Prevent 1 in 12 Premature Deaths

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  • More than 10,000 studies confirm excessive sitting is an independent risk factor for illness and premature death. Overall, chronic inactivity has a mortality rate similar to smoking
  • Physical inactivity raises your risk of general ill health by 114 percent, your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 82 percent and your risk of depression by 150 percent
  • If entire populations met exercise guidelines of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (such as walking) five days per week, 5 percent of heart disease cases and 8 percent of premature deaths could be prevented
  • Increasing activity levels to nearly two hours per day could reduce heart disease by 10 percent and prevent 13 percent of premature deaths
  • Exercise also helps improve mental health. Compared to inactivity, strength training is associated with fewer symptoms of anxiety

By Dr. Mercola

Your body is designed for near-continuous movement during the day, and there are over 10,000 papers in the medical literature confirming that excessive sitting is an independent risk factor for illness  and premature death. For example, physical inactivity raises your risk of general ill health by 114 percent, your risk of Alzheimer's disease by 82 percent, and your risk of depression by 150 percent.


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