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If ever you needed a shock to the system to make you get off your backside and into a pair of trainers, this is it: Lack of physical activity kills roughly as many people as smoking. That is the shocking message from a series of papers published this week on the health impact of inactivity.
The papers, published in The Lancet suggest that more than 5.3 million deaths would be avoided each year if all inactive people exercised, about the same toll as the 5 million deaths annually from smoking.
"As populations have shifted towards industrialisation, mechanisation and dependency on cars, we've engineered opportunities for physical activity out of our lives, and are now killing ourselves as a result," says Kohl, lead author of another article in The Lancet, which argues for global action to reverse the situation.
Hallal says that the situation shouldn't be blamed on people having a lack of motivation, but rather on the creation of environments in which it is impossible or inconvenient to move around and exercise, walk or cycle.
Originally posted by lacrimaererum
why are people so obssessed with staying alive longer on this planet that we have done our best to destroy and is probably past repairing? the only way to be successful is to trample on others. any luxuries you care to treat yourself to are probably made in prison/factories in third world or communist countries were workers would rather commit suicide than stay alive.
stay alive longer so you can work longer?
Many people are living much longer now.
Spend your life keeping fit, biking, walking swimming, etc That way your body will live years longer. Your mind will probably revert to that of a 3year old, but sure what the hell.
I think i am going to start smoking again.
Originally posted by Maxmars
I wonder if this means there will be areas in city and government buildings where you have to go to be sedentary?
Originally posted by SprocketUK
reply to post by daynight42
I dunno, I've found that eating paleo isn't much different money wise to the old way...Sure tastes better too! Got a bunch of recipes online if you fancy a look. My BLOG
And if people just took a paleo view of exercise they'd find themselves having a bit of fun while getting fitter on the side.