15 minutes daily exercise adds 3 years to your life

A large Taiwanese study has found that exercising for just 15 minutes a day can reduce mortality and extend lifespan. In a prospective cohort study, 416,175 individuals participated in a standard medical screening programme with an average follow-up of eight years. On the basis of the amount of weekly exercise indicated in a self-administered questionnaire, participants were placed into one of five categories of exercise volumes: inactive, or low, medium, high, or very high activity. The study found that those people who exercised for an average of 92 min per week, or 15 min a day, had a 14% reduced risk of all-cause mortality and a three year longer life expectancy. Every additional 15 minutes of daily exercise beyond the minimum amount of 15 minutes a day further reduced all-cause mortality by 4% and all-cancer mortality by 1%. The benefits were applicable to all age groups and both sexes, and included those with cardiovascular disease risks. Individuals who were inactive had a 17% increased risk of mortality compared with individuals in the low exercise volume group. (Minimum amount of physical activity for reduced mortality and extended life expectancy: a prospective cohort study. Lancet. 2011 Aug 14. [Epub ahead of print]).

 

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