Any Exercise Prolongs Life


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 24 August 2019

 

HEALTH, FITNESS, & EXERCISE

Any Exercise Prolongs Life

Physical activity at any intensity linked to lower risk of early death,
National Institute for Health Research, August 21, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Any Work
"clear evidence that higher levels of physical activity - regardless of intensity - are associated with a lower risk of early death in middle aged and older people."

Increasing Death
"...being sedentary, for example sitting, for 9.5 hours or more a day (excluding sleeping time) is associated with an increased risk of death."

Study of Studies
"Data from eight high quality studies...involved 36,383 adults aged at least 40 years (average age 62) were used in the analysis."

Final Test…
"During follow-up, 2,149 (5.9 per cent) participants died. After adjusting for potentially influential factors, the researchers found that any level of physical activity, regardless of intensity, was associated with a substantially lower risk of death."

Death-Exercise Curve
"Deaths fell steeply as total volume of physical activity increased up to a plateau of about 300 minutes (5 hours) per day of light-intensity physical activity or about 24 minutes per day moderate intensity physical activity. At these levels the risk of death was halved compared to those engaging in little or no physical activity."

Good News
"...this study suggests health may be optimised with just 24 minutes per day of brisk walking or other forms of moderate-intensity physical activity."

Any Activity
"...show that physical activity of ANY intensity lowers the risk of death, so if you're someone who doesn't achieve the recommended levels of moderate intensity physical activity, then doing more light activity, for example, pottering around more at work or at home and just generally being on your feet more, will still be beneficial."

Study Limits
"...all studies were conducted in the US and western Europe, and included adults who were at least 40 years old, so findings may not apply to other populations or to younger people."

 

 

Related Update

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