Even half an hour of activity may help counteract dangers of sedentary lifestyle – Tufts

An analysis of data from multiple observational studies suggests 30 minutes of exercise a day may help you live longer, even if you’re otherwise sedentary, Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter said.

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In the study, published recently in the British Journal of Medicine, researchers looked at data from activity trackers worn by 44,000 men and women (average age around 66 years) in the U.S., Norway, and Sweden. Most participants were sedentary eight-and-a-half to 10.5 hours a day and engaged in moderate or vigorous activity eight to 35 minutes a day. More sedentary time combined with less active time was associated with higher risk of death. About 30 to 40 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a day seemed to be enough to attenuate the association between sedentary time and risk of premature death.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend adults get 150 to 300 minutes a week (an average of 30 minutes a day) of moderate-intensity activity (such as taking a brisk walk or raking the yard) or 75 to 150 minutes a week (an average of 15 minutes a day) of vigorous-intensity activity (like jogging or swimming). While moving more and sitting less—in this study and many others—is associated with the best health outcomes, fitting 30 minutes of movement into an otherwise sedentary day may help you live longer.

Eat less, move more, live longer and have a functioning brain thewhole time, as I have written here numerous times.



Filed under Exercise, exercise and brain health, exercise benefits, exercise outdoors

8 responses to “Even half an hour of activity may help counteract dangers of sedentary lifestyle – Tufts

  1. So, if a half-hour counteracts a sedentary lifestyle, I wonder how much can (literally) make me younger! I aim to find out!

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  2. I love the simplicity of helping ourselves remain healthy. Bot very demanding, no expensive equipment or membership. Our bodies are designed to move.
    My app only tells half my story because it doesn’t monitor gardening activity and other strenuous activity that involves minimal leg movement.

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  3. Bloggers of the Future

    I write a blog on that exact subject. 😀

    Have you heard about “Sitting is the new smoking”? A really cool study that was done a couple of years ago. I think you can find it on google easily.

    The scary thing (at least for me) is that it started affecting the younger generations as well (we all spend too much time in front of a computer, while working or while relaxing).

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