20 minute walk daily can decrease your chances of early death, says a new research. According to the researchers from Cambridge University, inactivity is more dangerous than obesity. Inactive persons are twice more likely to fall to premature death than obese.
To find the interconnection between inactivity, obesity and premature death, researchers observed 334,161 European men and women over a time span of 12 years under European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) programme. Researchers measured height, weight, waist circumference. Participants were instructed to do a daily self-assessment of physical activity.
Analysing the data, results gave a clear and lucid relation between inactivity and premature death. People, who did regular exercise or had a brisk 20 minutes walk, were 16 to 30 percent less likely to die at early age than those who were classified as inactive. During 12 years of the research period 21,438 participants died, most of them were less active. The effect of exercise was more pronounce to healthy weight individuals; however people with body mass index on a higher side also saw some benefits of exercise.
It was also found that people are twice likely to die of inactivity than obesity. Researchers estimated that 20-minute walk each day burns nearly 90 to 110 kcal; which is enough to dodge premature death.
“Although we found that just 20 minutes would make a difference, we should really be looking to do more than this – physical activity has many proven health benefits and should be an important part of our daily life,” said lead researcher, Professor Ulf Ekelund, from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit at Cambridge University.
According to our TeCake health experts, regular exercise and energetic walk not only delays death but also has several other health benefits. Exercise keeps your heart healthy and plays a vital role in defending heart attacks. Apart from that morning walk boosts oxygen level in the body that is crucial for the entire day.