On the move for prevention
Cycling to work, avoiding the elevator at the office and using the stairs, standing up at your desk: there are many ways to introduce exercise into your daily routine. International studies confirm that regular exercise significantly reduces the risk of disease. The recently released DKV report also demonstrates: long hours of sitting and lack of exercise are poison for the body.
The average German spends 7.5 hours a day sitting down
Only every tenth senior smokes, their nutrition habits are the best, and they suffer from the least stress of all the age groups. On the other hand, middle-aged men (30 to 45 years of age) who are overweight and high earners are the exact opposite: taken as a group, they constitute the very personification of risk and, among other things, also provide object lessons to their children on how not to behave. For example, a survey of 300 parents conducted at the same time showed that six- to twelve-year-olds already spend a total of four hours a day sitting down, even outside of school, for example while doing homework, watching television, or in the car.
“Children who play sports regularly, get better grades”
The researchers state that the reason for the increased risk is that cardio-vascular disease becomes more likely, and the danger of type 2 diabetes – both through lack of exercise and a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) – increases as well. Fat and blood sugar circulation become irregular: this was also confirmed by Clemens Muth, chairman of DKV's management board, in summarising the DKV report.