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Being Inactive Kills as Many as Cigarettes

The global mortality burden of physical inactivity — more than 5.3 million deaths a year — is similar to the 5 million attributed to cigarette smoking, researchers found.


On a global scale, physical inactivity was associated with 6 percent of the incidence of coronary heart disease (range 3.2 percent to 7.8 percent), 7 percent of type 2 diabetes incidence (range 3.9 percent to 9.6 percent), 10 percent of breast cancer incidence (range 5.6 percent to 14.1 percent), and 10 percent of colon cancer incidence (range 5.7 percent to 13.8 percent), according to I-Min Lee, MD, of Harvard Medical School, and colleagues reported online in The Lancet.


Physical inactivity was defined as activity levels below World Health Organization recommendations — less than 150 minutes/week of moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking.


Burden of physical activity measures were acquired through several large cohort studies throughout the world using input from the Lancet Physical Activity Series Working Group, including data on prevalence of physical activity at baseline and incidence of death and relevant non-communicable disease.


Those data were then used to determine the population attributable fraction (PAF) by country, by region, and globally for coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, colon cancer, and all-cause mortality.

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Our Sedentary Lifestyles Cost

About 5 Million Lives A Year

by Kate Kelland

LONDON (Reuters) - A study of one million people has found that physical inactivity costs the global economy $67.5 billion a year in healthcare and productivity losses, but an hour a day of exercise could eliminate most of that.


Sedentary lifestyles are linked to increased risks of heart disease, diabetes and cancer, researchers found, but activity - such as brisk walking - could counter the higher likelihood of early death linked with sitting for eight or more hours a day.


Such inactivity is estimated to cause more than 5 million deaths a year - almost as many as smoking, which the World Health Organization (WHO) says kills 6 million a year.


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Stop Implementing These Productive

Workplace Tips to Die Early

by Yatin Khulbe

Sitting is the new smoking because sedentary lifestyles contribute 10 percent of the risk of breast and colon cancer, 6 percent of the risk of heart disease, and 7 percent of the risk of type 2 diabetes.


As the human body was built to move, it is imperative to include healthy sitting habits and stay away from any future spinal complications. Sit straight to avoid sitting in a turtle posture where you place twice as much compressive pressure on your lumbar spine.


Ryan J. Hogan, the founder of Desk Jockey, lists out these sitting techniques to overcome the hidden dangers of sitting:


Sit directly in the middle of your chair by keeping your feet flat on the floor.


Don’t slouch back in your chair for longer periods.


Avoid sitting on a tilted chairs to prevent from straining your hip and buttock muscles.


A Vanderbilt University study of 6,300 people published in the American Journal of Epidemiology estimated the average American spent 55 percent of their waking time (7.7 hours a day) in sedentary behaviors such as sitting.


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The Risks of a Sedentary Lifestyle

by Tracy Erb Middleton

Spending hours on end in a chair isn't just murder on your back—it can literally kill you. And if you're like the average person, you clock almost 55 hours a week on your duff. Shockingly, working out isn't an antidote.


Three years ago, Women's Health was among the first to expose sitting disease. The gist: Too much inactivity can leave you prone to such deadly ailments as heart disease and obesity. The advice: Get moving. But Americans haven't budged much. The only real momentum has been in the lab, where research has found that inactivity can also damage your mind, sleep cycle, and organs. It could even shorten your life: Women who sit for more than six hours a day have a roughly 40 percent higher risk of dying from any cause, regardless of their fitness level, versus those who sit for fewer than three hours.


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