Ok, so the Big Mac is still bad for you – but researchers find the lack of exercise is worse than obesity A Cambridge University study has found that a brisk, twenty minute walk per day can cut your risk of premature death.

Before you scoff that this only applies to healthy people, think again. It’s the legion of couch potatoes that benefit the most. The inactivity will actually kill you quicker than being obese – the study found that doing nothing was twice as deadly as being overweight.

The study followed 334,000 people and the baseline minimum of twenty minutes per day was found. That’s not say grab a stopwatch, hit your ceiling and return to Netflix. The idea is you should be doing more and more each day.

Lead study author Ulf Ekelund outlined the conclusion of the study.

‘This is a simple message: just a small amount of physical activity each day could have substantial health benefits for people who are physically inactive.’

‘Although we found 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.’

Estimates from the researchers found 337,000 of the 9.2 million deaths of European men and women could be attributed to obesity. Inactivity claimed upwards of 676,000.

Government guidelines recommend that adults do 150 minutes of moderate activity each week. This can range from a brisk walk to dancing. 75 minutes of vigorous activity, including running or aerobics, could replace the moderate requirement.

This latest research shows that even a 20-minute brisk walk can have long-lasting health benefits. It not only cuts your chance of premature death, it also burns upwards of 110 calories. Win-win.

The 150 minute recommendation is a base. If you can hit that for a few weeks, move up to 170 minutes, or start incorporating vigorous exercise with the moderate activity. Healthy lifestyle choices equal a healthy life.

Besides, that show you have DVR’d isn’t going anywhere.

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