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Exercise Versus Obesity

November 20th, 2015  |  The Blog

Exercise is important in all stages of life, young, old and in between. A recent study determined that a lack of regular exercise is potentially twice as deadly as being obese. This is a significant finding given that past information focused on being a person being obese and/or overweight, not making a direct link to the exercise factor.

The study declared that 20 minutes of walking per day can be enough exercise to change the risk of early death, when leading a sedentary or inactive life, for the better. Too many people have sedentary jobs and sit at a desk staring at a computer screen all day. It is time to get up and move, every single day.

The report was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and states that, “Just a small amount of physical activity each day could have substantial health benefits for people who are physically inactive.”

The Correlation Between Exercise and Obesity

The study looked at height, weight, waist size and, especially, physical activity levels with regard to lowering the overall number of early deaths. The key component of the evaluation was to research the link between early death and physical inactivity. The physical inactivity component was then compared against the the risks related to being obese.

A modest increase, not a radical upswing, in a person’s physical activity level can make a substantial difference reducing their risk of early death.

The measurement of obesity’s impact on an early death is more difficult to determine than measuring adequate physical exercise. In the study, obesity was measured in two ways:

  • Overall BMI (body mass index)
  • Central or abdominal obesity

Physical exercise can also be measured in several ways, especially with regard to a specific workout or exertion time frame.

Public Awareness

It is important for the American public to be aware of the health risks related to obesity. Reducing overall obesity levels in the U.S. will improve the public’s general health in so many ways.

Exercise should be a part of everyone’s daily life routine, whether they are young or old, rich or poor or lean or obese. Good habits are hard to break so starting to show and teach young people the importance of daily exercise will help to combat the current obesity crisis in America.

The End Result

A lack of exercise carries a doubly high risk, literally, of an early death than does obesity, according to the recent study statistics.

Participating in a regular exercise regime that burns 90 to 110 calories per day accomplishes several positive things including:

  • Equals the same as a brisk daily 20-minute walk
  • Transforms the participant from an inactive to a moderately inactive participant
  • Lowers the risk of early death by 16% to 30%

The 16% to 30% reduction in the risk of an early death is significant and should be heeded by all. Healthcare professionals need to discuss with all patients and encourage the implementation of a ?simple exercise regime, which can be tweaked as tolerated.

It is the most important to get at least 20 minutes of exercise everyday but more exercise than that is even better. Get up and get moving!

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