Here is another reason to keep moving if you want to be healthy and live longer. We already know how harmful being overweight and obese can be. Now, a study has found that lack of physical activity, like sitting too much, is even more harmful and may lead to twice as many deaths as obesity.
In the study’s conclusion, researchers estimated that while 337,000 out of 9.2 million deaths were because of obesity, 676,000 deaths were due to lack of physical activity, regardless of weight.
The research also found that a daily 20-minute walk could reduce the risk of premature death by as much as 30 percent! While the benefits of moderate exercise was greatest among people with a healthy body weight, overweight participants saw benefits as well.
The “take home” from this study is to keep moving, exercise, and minimize sitting as much as you can if you want to stay healthy and live longer.