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The More Time Spent Exercising The Lower The Risk Of Death

June 5, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Three hours of any kind of physical activity spread evenly over six days a week reduces the risk of death by any cause among older men, a Norwegian study has found. More than 15,000 men in their forties were given a health exam in 1972-73, and answered a questionnaire about their leisure time physical activity. Time spent doing any exercise was the key, scientists said. Less than an hour a week of light physical activity was not associated with a lower risk of death. But more than an hour was linked to a 32 percent to 56 percent lower risk. Overall, 30 minutes of physical activity – no matter how intense – 6 days a week was linked to a 40 percent reduction in risk of death from any cause.
I. Holme, S. A. Anderssen, "Increases in physical activity is as important as smoking cessation for reduction in total mortality in elderly men: 12 years of follow-up of the Oslo II study. ", British Journal of Sports Medicine, June 05, 2015, © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd & British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine
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