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An hour of physical activity can reduce mortality risk

Prolonged sitting enhances death rates due to cardiovascular disease and cancers of breast, colon etc

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Publish Date: Jul 29 2016 1:35PM | Updated Date: Jul 29 2016 1:44PM

An hour of physical activity can reduce mortality risk
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Most of the jobs today, whether in government or private institutions, require long sitting hours. These long sitting hours result in decreasing time of physical activity which further invites all sort of diseases.
 
 
According to a study published in The Lancet, prolonged sitting enhances all-cause mortality, with most deaths being due to cardiovascular disease and cancers of breast, colon, and colorectal. 
 
 
The study was done on more than 1 million men and women, to compare mortality between people with different levels of sitting time and physical activity.
 
 
In the results, the researchers found that the people who had more than 4 hours of sitting per day along with high physical activity, there came out to be no mortality risk, while the people who sat for more than 4 hours a day with lowest physical activity, the risk of mortality was higher in them.
 
 
Researchers from their analysis concluded that even 60 to 75 minutes of physical activity may reduce the risk of mortality in cases where prolonged sitting is required. Even brisk walking can do wonders.