Walk 2 minutes an hour to lower risk of dying, corporate America (and the world) has been told. Studies have shown that sitting for extended periods of time each day leads to increased risk for early death, as well as heart disease, diabetes and other health conditions.
This study led by Dr. Srinivasan Beddhu or University of Utah School of Medicine found that light intensity activies (casual walking, light gardening, cleaning, etc) for at least two minutes every hour decreased death by 33% in a study that examined 3, 243 participants. In the three years of the study, 137 deaths were recorded.
Beddhu is quick to add that a large, randomized further trials will be needed to definitively relate cause-effect correlations but as Tom Greene, senior author says, “Our study suggests that even small changes can have a big impact”, and it’s no secret that exercise is one of the best ways to keep healthy.