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As Little as Two Hours of Walking Per Week Lowers All-Cause Mortality

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  • Most adults spend 10 hours or more each day sitting, and research shows this level of inactivity cannot be counteracted with a workout at the end of the day
  • One strategy that has been shown to have a positive impact is simply to stand up more. Increasing your daily walking is another key
  • As little as 120 minutes of walking per week may reduce mortality risk in older adults. Meeting or exceeding the activity guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate activity per week in the form of walking lowered all-cause mortality by 20 percent
  • Walking for six hours or more each week lowered the risk of death from respiratory diseases by 35 percent; heart disease by 20 percent and cancer by 9 percent
  • Previous research found walking 140 to 175 minutes per week added anywhere from three to seven years to an individual’s life span

By Dr. Mercola

When you think of "physical activity" you may automatically think of a regimented fitness routine — going to the gym several times a week, for example. But while that is certainly part of a healthy lifestyle, what you do outside the gym plays an equally important role. Most adults spend 10 hours or more each day sitting, and research shows this level of inactivity cannot be counteracted with a workout at the end of the day. To maintain health, you really need mild but near-continuous movement throughout your waking hours.


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