Extend Your Life with Mundane, Daily Exercise

Khryss | Published 2017-09-30 17:57

Just go walk to work or clean your house; it helps.

The World Health Organisation recommend adults (18 to 64 years old) to have at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity throughout the week. Now, a new study shows the importance of this guideline.

Scott Lear of the McMaster University in Canada and his colleagues analyzed data from more than 130,000 people across 17 countries. Each participant was asked about their socioeconomic status, lifestyle behaviours, and medical history, as well as their usual weekly physical activity. They were then followed-up at least every three years to have a seven-year-record of their health information (i.e. diseases, death).

Results showed that only 150 minutes of activity per week is needed to have a 28 per cent decrease on death risk from any cause and rates of heart disease by a fifth. That's just like 30 minutes of physical activity for five days a week!

Higher activity, though, is linked to greater benefits. Doing more than 750 minutes brisk walking each week can reduce risk of premature death by 36 per cent. Need I say more?

No need to push yourself to run, swim or work out at the gym! Just go do your daily household chores or ditch your car and go for a walk if possible. That way, you'll get to have enough "exercise" to protect your heart and extend life.

“Going to the gym is great, but we only have so much time we can spend there. If we can walk to work, or at lunch time, that will help too,” says Lear.

If only everyone followed this guidelines, 8 per cent of global deaths would've been prevented for over seven years!

“The clear-cut results reinforce the message that exercise truly is the best medicine at our disposal for reducing the odds of an early death,” says James Rudd, senior lecturer in cardiovascular medicine, at the University of Cambridge. “If a drug company came up with a medicine as effective as exercise, they would have a billion-dollar blockbuster on their hands and a Nobel prize in the post.”


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