Successive studies prove that everyday activity decreases the risk of cancer, heart attack and stroke (even in people with excess weight). Physical activity is every form of movement – walking, running, cycling, daily activities, such as cleaning, cooking, ironing etc.
The board of scientists from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark analyzed data from studies related to health, carried out in 2007-2008, in which 10976 subjects took part at the age of 18 and older. All participants had their waists measured and blood samples taken in order to determine the value of CRP (C-reactive protein). The level of this protein increases when our organism is fighting with infection. The participants of the study were also subjected to fitness tests and VO2max tests, taking into consideration age, height, weight and information on whether a given person smokes.
Study results published in the journal PLOS ONE showed that being active every day may decrease the risk of many diseases, both in slim and obese people. It was also concluded that there is a positive correlation between the waist size and CRP level in blood, regardless of the BMI. Also regardless of the BMI, physical activity increases the level of fitness, leads to decreasing fatty tissue in the area of the belly and decreases inflammation.
These results are also confirmed by other studies carried out at the University of Cambridge. They proved that lack of physical activity in life is two times more fatal than obesity. 676000 deaths each year were caused by lack of exercises and 337000 by obesity. It was also suggested that only 20 minute walk per day will positively influence heath.
Physical inactivity is equally dangerous as smoking cigarettes
Other studies also proved that lack of physical activity causes the same rate of deaths as smoking cigarettes all around the world. The influence of the lack of physical activity on the number of deaths and the main diseases, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes type 2, breast and colon cancer was also assessed. One in ten cases of heart diseases and one in five cases of colon cancer may be caused by lack of physical activity. That’s a lot.
The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that adults at the age of 18 to 64 should perform moderate exercises for at least 150 minutes per week or more intensive exercises 75 minutes per week. You may also consider both these options.