The British Heart Foundation says being active can reduce your risk of developing some heart and circulatory diseases by as much as 35 percent. On the other hand, being physically inactive or sedentary can lead to heart and circulatory diseases like heart attack and stroke.
According to the Department of Health, New York State, it is estimated that approximately 35% of coronary heart disease mortality is due to physical inactivity. Approximately 60% of all Americans age 18 and older report that they are physically inactive. The department notes that coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States with over 700,000 deaths annually.
It is also worth noting that people who are insufficiently active have a 20% to 30% increased risk of death compared to people who are sufficiently active, as per World Health Organization. According to the latest estimates by the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization published in Environment International, working 55 or more hours per week is associated with an estimated 35% higher risk of a stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from ischemic heart disease, compared to working 35-40 hours a week.