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January 21, 2015 • Fitness

A Little Movement Can Save Your Life

treadmillsPhysical activity really is the “universal life preserver.” That is the conclusion from a powerful new study that followed the health and physical activity levels of 334,000 men and women over a 12-year period. But first some bad news. According to this analysis, being sedentary is deadly-in fact twice as deadly as being obese. As for the good news, the study also found that as little as 20 minutes of brisk walking daily can reduce a person’s risk for an untimely death up to 30 percent! According to a noted expert in exercise physiology who commented on this eye-opening new study, the beneficial adaptations that the body makes in response to a little movement is nothing short of “astounding.” And I agree. If you can get such a sensational return by dedicating just 1.4 percent of your day to moving your body, then that really is astounding.

 For the full lowdown on all the benefits that the “magic pill” exercise provides, click here. Warning, this may make you want to get up and move now! (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, January 2014)