- prolong /pruh-lawng/
- epidemiology /ep-i-dee-mee-ol-uh-jee/
- sedentary /sed-n-ter-ee/
- mortality /mawr-tal-i-tee/
- vigorous /vig-er-uhs/
[verb] to make something last a longer time
Daily exercise and proper diet prolong life.
[noun] the scientific study of diseases and how they are found, spread, and controlled in groups of people
Epidemiology is the method used for finding the causes of diseases in populations.
[adjective] involving little exercise or physical activity
People shouldn’t have so much sedentary time for it brittles their bones.
[noun] the number of deaths within a particular society and within a particular period of time
Infant mortality rates have remained unchanged at about 35 deaths per 1,000 births.
[adjective] very forceful or energetic
Doing vigorous exercises everyday makes you healthier.
Moving more and sitting less were proven to prolong life according to the new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology on January 7, 2019. The study found out that if you will do light physical activities for 30 minutes instead of staying in a sedentary position, it lowers the risk of mortality by 17%. Replacing 30 minutes of desk-bound time with doing moderate to vigorous activities for 30 minutes lowers risk by 35%.
The researchers studied 7,999 people, ages 49 and above in the years 2009 to 2013, to conclude these findings. Those people were wearing activity monitors for researchers to keep an eye of their physical activities. The data shows that if the people’s sedentary time were to change into active movements, the risk of early death lowers. For example, if people were to take a 30-minute break from their sitting, they will have a lower mortality risk because they have more opportunity to move.
Keith Diaz, the first author of the study, said that despite the intensity of a 30-minute physical activity, it will still lower the risk of early death. He also added, “Any movement for any length of time is going to give you health benefit.” Researchers are also hopeful that people would be encouraged to move more too.
A 30-minute activity in a day is just a small number but it would be beneficial in our life. So, if we want longer lives, we should get up and discipline ourselves to do physical activities more. It may be tiresome at first. But it will benefit us in the long run. So, quit sitting and start moving!
- What was proven to prolong life according to a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology?
- How many percents will mortality risk lower if you do light physical activities for 30 minutes?
- In the article, what should we do to lower the mortality risk by 35%?
- How did the researchers discover the findings that if people’s sedentary time were to change into active movements the risk of early death lowers?
- Who was the first author of the study who said that “Any movement for any length of time is going to give you health benefit.”?
- Do you agree that replacing your 30-minute sedentary time to 30 minutes of physical activity will prolong your life? Explain your answer.
- Will any movement in any length of time give you health benefits? Why or why not?
- What are other ways to lower mortality risk aside from doing exercises? Please explain your answer.
- Do you often exercise? Why or why not?
- What are some physical activities do you do? And why did you choose those?