Exercise lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and other serious illnesses – according to a new study, you can benefit from this even with a short walk.
For the study, an international team of researchers evaluated the results of 196 previously published studies in which more than 30 million people had participated. They calculated that about one in six premature deaths would have been prevented if each study participant exercised at least 150 minutes a week at moderate intensity, as the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) recommended.
But even half that – 75 minutes of moderate exercise per week – would have prevented one in 10 premature deaths, according to the study. In this case, the risk of cardiovascular disease was reduced by 17 percent and cancer risk by seven percent. According to the survey, eleven minutes of exercise per day can reduce the risk of premature death by as much as 23 percent for people with little to no training.
A gym is not necessary at all.
Soren Brage, an expert in the epidemiology of physical activity at the University of Cambridge and co-author of the study, considers the study’s findings “exceptionally good news.” “All you need to do is find a little more than 10 minutes daily,” he said. “And you don’t even have to go to the gym for these activities; they’re part of everyday life.” Brage recommends getting off at an earlier bus stop on your way to work or riding your bike as a simple tip for getting more exercise.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 17.9 million people worldwide died from cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks or strokes in 2019. Cancer diseases caused almost ten million deaths in 2020.