Did you know that any kind of physical activity can prevent you from death? Well, read here!
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 22-Sep-2017
Ottawa, September 22: Some of us really hate doing the household chores, right? Well, you’ll be surprised to learn that physical activity of any kind can prevent you from heart disease and death, says a large international study involving more than 130,000 people from 17 countries.
The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study, led by the Population Health Research Institute of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences, shows any activity is good for people to meet the current guideline of 30 minutes of activity a day, or 150 minutes a week to raise the heart rate.
"By including low and middle-income countries in this study, we were able to determine the benefit of activities such as active commuting, having an active job or even doing housework," said principal investigator Dr. Scott Lear. He added that one in four people worldwide do not meet the current activity guideline and that number is nearly three of four in Canada.
The PURE study showed that by meeting the activity guidelines, the risk for death from any cause was reduced by 28%, while heart disease was reduced by 20%, and it didn't matter what type of physical activity the person did. The benefits also continued at very high levels with no indication of a ceiling effect; people getting more than 750 minutes of brisk walking per week had a 36% reduction in risk of death. However, less than 3% of participants achieved this level from leisure time activity while 38% of participants achieved this level from activities such as commuting, being active at work or doing household chores.
However, this all is true on one condition and i.e. the physical activity needs to be incorporated in daily life. "If everyone was active for at least 150 minutes per week, over seven years a total of 8% of deaths could be prevented," he added.