A new study in JAMA Oncology suggests that very sedentary people are roughly 80 percent more likely to die of cancer than those who sit the least. The study, using epidemiological data and activity trackers on 7,000 middle-aged men and women, found that people that spent the most time during their day sitting were 82 percent more likely to have died from cancer during the study’s follow-up period than those that had sat the least (no matter if they were otherwise healthy). The bright spot: For every 30 minutes of average daily movement (and this didn’t have to be a workout; it could be slow walking, housework, etc.), the risk of dying from cancer fell by 31 percent.


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