To avoid this, moderate physical activity of at least 150 minutes per week is recommended.
Another factor that can reduce the risks of leading a sedentary life may be to decrease the amount of time we sit. A study by the MD Anderson Cancer Center (University of Texas) linked sedentary behavior to an increased chance of dying from cardiovascular failure or cancer.
8002 people over the age of 45 participated. The researchers tied accelerometers to the hips of these people to have an objective measure of the physical activity they were doing, for 7 days. In the next five years, 3.3% (268) of participants died of cancer.
Thus, it was concluded that people who spent more time without moving were 52% more at risk than those who were on the move.
However, other important variables such as general levels of physical activity, age, smoking, alcohol consumption, body mass index and pre-existing conditions were also taken into account.
The study also substituted 30 minutes of sedentary activity per day for some physical activity, such as cycling, which resulted in 31% less risk of cancer mortality.
It is important to clarify that it was not possible to study the relationship of sedentary behavior with different types of cancer, a relevant fact because there was previous research that ensured that sedentary lifestyle affects some types of cancer more than others.
The fact is that including physical activity in your daily routine will always bring benefits, and will keep your body and mind healthy.