By opting for 2 minutes to an hour of light-intensity activity instead of being inactive can lead to a 33% lower mortality rate in the general population and an even greater 41% lower mortality in those with chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a study conducted in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. The study set out to observe whether decreased inactivity combined with increased low/light intensity activities would affect risk of mortality.
Many studies have been conducted to show that being stationary for long periods of time may increase a persons risk of chronic disease and early mortality. For this particular study the researchers used data from the 2003/2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination survey. They evaluated the link between low- and light-intensity activities that were recorded by an accelerometer, with death. The study had an entire cohort of 3629 with a subgroup of 383 that have CKD, in the United States. The research found that people with CKD spent two thirds of their time being inactive. The investigators found that decreasing sitting by 2 minutes each hour, and adding a corresponding 2 minutes more of light activities for example, casual walking, was associated with a 33% lower hazard of death in the entire study sample and a 41% lower hazard of death in the CKD subgroup. In both groups, decreasing inactivity duration with moderate/vigorous activity duration resulted in a non-significant lowering of mortality risk. This study is not just of significance for the United States but also for the rest of the world.
In recent years Ireland has set about becoming more active through the ‘Get Ireland Active’ as part of the National Physical Activity guidelines adopted from the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) global recommendations on physical activity for health. Ireland’s guidelines for physical activity are as follows;
• Adults (18-64yrs) need at least 30 minutes a day of moderate activity on 5 days a week or 150 minutes a week.
• Older people need at least 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity activity on five days a week, or 150 minutes a week.
• Adults with disabilities should be as active as their ability allows. They should aim to meet the adult guidelines of at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity on 5 days a week.
• Children and young people (2-18 yrs) should be active at a moderate to vigorous level for at least 60 minutes every day.
Being physically active reduces your risk of:
• Coronary Heart Disease
• Type 2 Diabetes
There are numerous health benefits to being physically active on a regular basis including; stronger heart and lungs, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, stronger bones, prevents chronic disease, weight loss, sleep better and higher energy levels.
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