In the time it takes to watch a Netflix rerun of “Friends,” you could save your own life.
Taking a quick 20-minute walk each day is enough to change even the most obese person’s life from “inactive” to “moderately inactive,” reducing the chance of dying within the next 12 years by 16 to 30 percent.
A study published yesterday in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition followed more than 334,000 participants around the age of 50, catching up with them 12 years after their first interaction.
In that time, over 21,000 died. Notably, the deaths were most frequent among those with the highest Body Mass Indices (BMIs).
The team also found chances of death from weight-related conditions, like heart disease or cancer, decreased by 41 percent between the inactive and active. Physical activity made an enormous impact.
Professor Nick Wareham, one of the study’s authors, says the priority should be getting all people, of every weight and fitness level, on their feet and moving.
And although we should all be active for more than 20 minutes a day, it’s a good place to start.
Whilst we should continue to aim at reducing population levels of obesity, public health interventions…
Encourage people to make small but achievable changes in physical activity [that] can have significant health benefits and may be easier to achieve and maintain.
Exercise isn’t just about losing weight, but rather leading a healthy lifestyle while boosting mood levels and eliminating stress.
And in the United States, where 78.6 million people are obese — one-third of the population — we could use a reminder.