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New Study says Just Two Minutes of Walking Could Reverse the Effects of Prolonged Sitting

05/05/2015

New Study says Just Two Minutes of Walking Could Reverse the Effects of Prolonged SittingA new study has found that just two minutes of walking could counter the negative effects of prolonged sitting.

In the past, numerous studies have suggested that sitting for prolonged periods of time could increase an individual’s risk of heart disease and early death. This is thought to be because a staggering 80 percent of Americans are unable to carry out two and a half hours of physical activity every week – the recommended amount.

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This led a team from the University of Utah School of Medicine to conduct a study to discover whether more realistic, low intensity activities resulted in positive health effects. The study’s findings, which were published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN), showed that two minutes of light intensity workout every hour resulted in a 33 percent lower risk of death.

The lead author of the study, Srinivasan Beddhu, M.D., said: "It was fascinating to see the results because the current national focus is on moderate or vigorous activity.” He added: “To see that light activity had an association with lower mortality is intriguing."

Regular exercise is still highly recommended for people who can perform it, but the two minutes of walking every hour advice is a step in the right direction for those who can’t.

 

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