STOP! Reading this article could be bad for your health…

Okay, reading just this article is no problem, but if you stay connected to your computer or tablet for too long, then your level of inactivity could be bad for your health or even fatal.

Research by Dr I-Min Lee and her colleagues and published in the Lancet in July quantified the risk of inactivity.

Dr Lee’s team calculate that 5.3m deaths (out of the 57 million deaths that occurred worldwide in 2008) were a result of inactivity.

In many cases, these deaths were ‘premature’ deaths – so that means dying before our time.

However, even for those of us of an age where we are a good distance from the risk of premature death, the increased risk of illness and disease is also significantly increased simply as a result of doing nothing – or at least – just reading stuff on the internet!

So, here are the increased risks that Dr Lee estimates are caused by physical inactivity

  • 6% increase in risk of coronary heart disease
  • 8% increase in risk of type 2 diabetes
  • 11% increase in risk of breast cancer
  • 11% increase in risk of colon caner
Of course, you might be unlucky and get all four!

So, physical inactivity is bad – it not only means an increased risk of premature death, but it also significantly increases the risk of serious life reducing diseases.

Okay, so if you don’t want to fall into the statistics of inactivity then stop reading this and go and do something…

…like, take a walk, go buy some milk, go for a run or visit the gym.

Also, don’t forget, establishing regular sports or fitness activities are key to making it a habit.

You can achieve this either by yourself – or, if you know you need a bit of help to keep to your goals, then join a gym in Chester, Manchester or Liverpool, or find a personal trainer. You can ask your fitness trainer to help devise a fitness schedule that works for you and your goals and then, to help you stick to it.

Before long, you won’t need to read these sorts of articles any more either.

Neil Lewis

Neil Lewis

Male, Chester

I'm an entrepreneur, runner (as of 5 years), dad, husband and entrepreneur. This year I've completed three 10k runs - Port Sunlight,  Manchester Great Run and the Natterjacks Southport run. My goal is to complete a 10k at below 50 minutes. I'm late 40's & want to keep healthy and fit for a long time yet... and that's what drives me to run. If you are looking for a running companion - up to 10 KM - in the Chester, area, get in touch. I can help set people up in business or just help people get great health and fitness products that can keep them fit, healthy and running for longer. Get in touch if you want to find out more about what I do and the Forever FIT products I work with. Or you can directly order from our shop.

2 Responses to “STOP! Reading this article could be bad for your health…”

  1. Jane Hatton

    This kind of blog is very frightening for those of us who cannot exercise. Of course exercise would benefit all of us, but some of us are too disabled to exercise, and blogs like this just serve to reinforce the additional disadvantages we have.

    • Neil Lewis Neil Lewis

      Hi Jane – thanks for your comment.

      Yes, there must be cases where the disability is so severe that neither exercise nor activity are possible.

      However, the article is focused on those – both able and disabled – both old and young – who do have the possibility of at least some exercise or activity and it is meant to encourage us to do ‘just a little more’.



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