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Physical activity can include walking, biking, or cleaning house.

Physical Activity Lowers Mortality Risk

Excess sitting is a risk factor for early mortality

Being Sedentary Increases Mortality Risk

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A recent study shows that a small commitment to increasing physical activity could pay off in a big way. Replacing just 30 minutes of sitting time with light activity showed a 14% drop in mortality rates. Moderate to vigorous physical activity resulted in a 45% lowering of mortality risk reduction.

Examples of Sedentary Behavior

  • Desk Job
  • Watching TV
  • Reading
  • Social Media

Examples of Each Activity Level


  • Leisurely Walk
  • Cooking
  • Light Household Chores
  • Mild Stretching


  • Brisk Walk
  • Cleaning House
  • Golf
  • Gardening


  • Climbing Stairs
  • Cycling (faster than 12mph)
  • Jogging
  • Swimming

The study was published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

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