A study published in the European Heart Journal this week looked at how much exercise a week was needed to reduce the dying. Researchers looked at 72.00 people in the UK who all wore activity trackers on their wrists. The results were as follows:
- No vigorous exercise during an average week – 4% chance of dying during study.
- At 10 minutes of exercise during week – the risk of dying during the study period was halved.
- 15 – 20 minutes of vigorous exercise – reduced the risk of dying during the study period by 16 – 40%.
- 60 minutes or more of vigorous exercise during the week – the risk of dying during the study period was only 1%.
Not everyone can doing vigorous exercise but increasing the pace of walking has similar and significant benefits. The same study group followed a group of 88,000 people in the UK and found that 7 minutes of walking quickly compared to walking slowly for 14 minutes reduced a persons risk of cardiovascular disease.
We all know that exercise and keeping mobile is important and this is just the latest in many studies that have shown that simply walking improves your health.