Why inactivity is as bad for you as smoking
Inactivity causes 5.3 million deaths per year
Smoking and inactivity each account for the deaths of around 5.3m people worldwide every year, says a report in medical journal The Lancet. The findings appeared in the run-up to the Olympics last year, and were based on statistics collated from a worldwide research group.
The researchers said that the problem of inactivity was so serious it should be treated as a pandemic, and that public information should focus on the negative impact of remaining inactive rather than just the positive effects of exercising. Having said that, doing just half an hour’s exercise most days has major health benefits.