Even Moderate Exercise Can Reduce the Risk of Early Death

July 28, 2010 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Even Moderate Exercise Can Reduce the Risk of Early Death
In a study that is very good news for generally inactive people – just getting yourself on a consistent and moderate daily exercise program can significantly reduce your risk of early death.

The study is a meta-analysis1 evaluating the results of 22 studies involving 1.6 million men and women. The study found that 2.5 hours per week, or 30 minutes per day 5 days per week, of moderate non-strenuous exercise such as walking or biking reduced the risk of mortality by 19%. 7 hours per week of moderate activity reduced the risk by 24%.

While I personally would suggest more intense exercise on a consistent basis for maximal longevity enhancement this study is a great starting point, especially for people in the inactive high risk of early death category. It means that all you have to do is get your body moving a little bit, on a consistent basis, and you will be much healthier.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Moderate Exercise and Mortality Risk  Int. J. Epidemiol.,  James Woodcock, Oscar H Franco, Nicola Orsini, and Ian Roberts

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