Excess weight and lack of physical activity will certainly shorten your life span, but what is more dangerous?
Physical activity in various ways has a positive effect on health. It regulates the level of blood pressure, regulate the breakdown of glucose, your insulin sensitivity and regulate cholesterol levels. In other words, physical activity will positively act on your health, regardless of body weight.
New research has shown that lack of physical activity causes even twice as many deaths, compared to overweight.
Scientists from the United Kingdom conducted a study, in which participated 330 000 men and women. The study lasted about 12 years, during which time the researchers measured the participants regularly body mass index, waist circumference, physical activity and analyzed their overall health.
The results showed that people that are not physically active have a higher risk of premature death, than those whose body mass index is more than 30. Also, researchers found that it is sufficient to walk for 20 minutes a day to lower the risk of premature death by 30%, independent of body weight.
Men especially need to be careful, scientists say. Men usually have a shorter life expectancy and higher waist circumference. That is why it is important for them to start exercising at an early age.