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Obesity Worse Than Lack Of Exercise

While it has become well known that the world now recognizes obesity is a serious problem across the globe, what many fail to realize is that there is another villain on the rise, and it is found in the simple act of being sedentary. The most recent studies on health and fitness have shown that being inactive may be more dangerous to your overall health than obesity alone. In fact, the findings suggest that not exercising regularly could lead to more early deaths than those caused by obesity. Medical News Today reports: “Just 20 minutes of brisk walking a day may be all it takes to lessen a sedentary person’s risk of early death, says a new study. The researchers also found the risk of early death due to lack of exercise is double that posed by obesity and does not necessarily depend on being obese or overweight.”

In the past there has been a lot of buzz about which is more important, exercise or nutrition, and while many lean toward nutrition, it seems that exercise may play a huge part in your overall health, if not your general weight loss.

Following The Latest Findings

These latest results were collected by a European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study. It included 334,161 men and women over a period of 12 years, during which time 21,438 passed away. The study followed weight, waist measurements, and the exercise routine of each participant. What they discovered was rather shocking in that by adding a quick twenty minute walk to the average activity of the day lives could have been saved, or at least the risk of an early death due to inactivity could have been reduced by up to 30 %. Smithsonian Magazine writes: “If all inactive people did that little bit of exercise, deaths across the board would theoretically be reduced by 7.35 percent. By comparison, if no one was obese, that would reduce deaths by 3.66 percent.”

These findings have catapulted the health and nutrition industry into a whole new manner of research, impacting the way that many previously thought about the overweight community and the health risks that were involved. While it is easy to make the blanket statement that all obese people are sedentary and this is why these results were noted, in this situation it just isn’t the case. Many people who would be considered thin or average may also exhibit a lack of motivation for exercise, and spend a lot of time on the couch in front of the television set, rather than on a treadmill at the gym.

Finding A Healthy Balance

Obesity and inactivity are both highly unhealthy ways to live life, which is why there is so much negativity facing these lifestyles in the media. While obesity on its own can certainly lead to early death, among a number of other health related issue, diseases, and disorders, a lack of exercise has proven to have far greater risks. Alice G. Walton of Forbes suggests: “Though activity by itself can offer an immediate health benefit, if you remain overweight, getting active also leads naturally to loss of body weight.”

Finding a healthy balance between nutrition and exercise has been proven to save lives, and increase lives as well. If you are unsure about what steps you should take to better your health and reduce overweight issues or increase fitness, you should speak to a physician as soon as you can. The earlier you make big changes in your life and get started on the path to a successful and healthy lifestyle, the more quickly you can take advantage of the benefits that you will encounter.

Remember that even if you do not face any form of obesity issues, being active is still important, and something as simple as a 20 minute power walk each day could be what boosts your lifespan and helps increase your overall health. Cardiovascular exercises in particular are a wonderful way to give your heart and lungs what they need to keep your feeling younger for longer. Exercise has also shown benefits in anti-aging, flexibility, and as a way to prevent various diseases and disorders including those related to neurological problems and physical limitations.

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