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19th May, 2017
 Skipping physical activity for even 2 weeks may increase health risks

The importance of remaining physically active cannot be emphasized enough. Physical activity is critical for maintaining a healthy weight, controlling illness, promoting bone strength, reducing stress and improving general well-being.
 
The adverse effects of a sedentary lifestyle on health have also been well-documented. Adding to the body of evidence, a new study involving young and healthy adults, presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Porto, Portugal has shown that even taking a 2-week break from physical activity can adversely impact health.
 
Researchers from the University of Liverpool, UK have shown that just 2 weeks without regular physical activity can lead to metabolic and muscular changes in the body predisposing the individual to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and possibly even premature death. All the study participants were physically active and walked 10,000 steps daily on average and had an average body mass index (BMI) of 25 at baseline.
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