It’s always important to be aware of the latest scientific findings – not only because they are interesting but also because they can help us exercise smarter and therefore get healthier. Literally, everyday dozens of new studies are published to help us do just that. Here are 4 of the more interesting studies from this year so far.
Couples are more likely to get in shape together
Here’s some proof for what you already might know – partners are more likely to get healthy if they both make improvement in their lives! This research found that when people tried to either lose weight, start getting active, or quit smoking their success rate was dependent on whether their partner made positive changes as well!
A scientist at Cancer Research UK, Dr. Julie Sharp explained, “Getting some support can help people take up good habits. For example if you want to lose weight and have a friend or colleague who’s trying to do the same thing you could encourage each other by joining up for a run or a swim at lunchtime or after work…”
Basically, the couple who exercises together gets healthy together!
Long periods of sitting can increase your risk of death – regardless of exercise
Let’s face it; we all sit for very long periods every day while working. This has found to be associated with a higher risk of many diseases including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and even death. What’s more shocking is that regular exercise doesn’t seem to lower your risk either!
One author of the research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Dr. Atler said, “Our study finds that despite the health-enhancing benefits of physical activity, this alone may not be enough to reduce the risk for disease. Avoiding sedentary time and getting regular exercise are both important for improving your health and survival. It is not good enough to exercise for 30 minutes a day and be sedentary for 23 and half hours.”
The study authors suggested everyone needs to decrease their sedentary or sitting time by 2-3 hours in their 12 hour day! It looks like small lifestyle changes are the key to a healthy life!
Cut life threatening conditions via group walking
Take a hike – seriously! Take a hike with friends and you can decrease your risk of life threatening conditions including stroke, depression, and heart disease! The study published in British Journal of Sports Medicine demonstrated that people who regularly walked in groups had a lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and body fat which could be due to the motivation to participate in the first place!
One author, Sarah Hanson explained, “Our research shows that joining a walking group is one of the best and easiest ways to boost overall health. The benefits are wide ranging — and they go above and beyond making people more physically active. What’s more, people find it relatively easy to stick with this type of exercise regime…The research evidence suggests people enjoy attending walking groups and appear less likely to drop out than many other forms of activity.”
We have discussed the importance of walking in order to increase your exercise capacity and improve your overall quality of life before. So find grab a few friends and start your own walking group today – fresh air, exercise, and good company is good for you!
Laziness (lack of exercising) is responsible for twice as many early deaths as obesity
Want more evidence that walking is a great way to improve your health and exercise capacity? Recent research found that a brisk walk for only 20 minutes was enough to reduce a person’s risk of early death! In fact, the study found that nearly twice as many deaths can be attributed to lack of exercise than compared to obesity! With the most recent data at hand, the researchers found in Europe that over 675,000 early deaths could be attributed to lack of physical activity while half of that – over 335,000 deaths – were attributed to obesity!
Lead researcher Professor Ulf Ekelund from the Medical Research Council (MRC) said, “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 that 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.”
Even the smallest amount of exercise can help improve your health – so make it a point to get up and get active every day!
It’s important to stay on the ball when it comes to the latest health research. From these 4 studies from 2015 we can already see some amazing findings to help shape our lifestyle this year – get active and get active with your loved ones! You now have the science so go out and implement it!
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