Sitting, or being sedentary, is now being labeled the “new smoking” by health professionals.
Replacing 30 minutes of sitting with physical activity can result in a 17% lower risk of early death. If this activity is vigorous, it ramps up to a 35% lower risk. That is huge. It does not necessarily have to be all performed at one time. If you have a 5-minute break at work, go up and down the stairs a few times, or take a brisk walk.
Here are some of the numbers for various cancers:
Colon, 8-14% less risk in men.
Breast, 6-10% lower risk.
Endometrial, 10-18% less risk.
Kidney, 11-17% less.
Myeloma, 14-19% lower risk.
Liver, 18-27% lower risk.
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, 11-18% less risk in women.