Sitting kills more people than smoking
Don’t be surprised (or insulted) if the next prescription your doctor hands you is for nothing but an exercise regimen. Globally, 20% of early deaths are preventable with moderate exercise. And for the first time last year, sitting killed 5.3 million people worldwide, more than smoking. Inactivity is now considered as a full-on pandemic by health officials. Many U.S. doctors are pushing to make a “lack of exercise” a mainstream medical diagnosis.
U.S. adults end up sitting for an average of 8-10 hours everyday. This makes the American lifestyle one of the most sedentary in the world. After long commutes and hours at our desks, we can hardly blame ourselves for posting up on the couch right when we get home. Luckily, getting enough exercise is a lot easier than most of us think. The American Medical Association says that just 150 minutes of moderate exercise is all it takes to drastically reduce the risk of lifestyle diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart diseases for most adults.
We’ve posted an infographic on this subject before ‘The truth about sitting‘. But here’s a great new infographic on this subject. We wonder why we’ve adopted such an unnatural lifestyle and how these figures would compare with the situation in Europe…