Sit Less to Live Longer
Increasing Movement Adds to Longevity
For those that don’t move vigorously throughout the day—whether stuck behind a desk or lying on a couch in front of a screen—there’s good news in a recent American Cancer Society study: Replacing just 30 minutes a day of stationary time with such moderate physical activities as brisk walking and dancing reduces the risk of dying over 14 years by a whopping 45 percent. Even light activities such as walking slowly, playing pool and doing housework like vacuuming for half an hour reduce mortality risk by 15 percent.
This article appears in the June 2019 issue of Natural Awakenings.