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Trading Two Minutes Of Walking For Two Minutes Of Sitting Lowers Mortality Risk

May 3, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Low intensity activities like standing do not offset the adverse health effects of sitting for a long time, day after day. But a new U.S. study based on data from the NHANE survey shows that short periods of light intensity activities (like casual walking, light gardening, etc.) substituted for sitting actually lengthens the lifespan of people with chronic kidney disease (CKD), especially if they sit for more than half of their waking hours each day. Trading two minutes of sitting for two minutes of low intensity activities (e.g., standing) accomplishes nothing. But trading two minutes of sitting for two minutes of walking was associated with a 33 percent lower risk of dying.
Srinivasan Beddhu et al., "Light-Intensity Physical Activities and Mortality in the United States General Population and CKD Subpopulation. ", CJASN, May 03, 2015, © American Society of Nephrology
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