Scientists extol the health benefits of regular activity that ‘doesn’t have to involve what we normally think of as exercise’
Going for a brisk walk for 11 minutes a day could help prevent an early death, Cambridge scientists have found.
If a brisk walk is not manageable then other forms of moderate intensity exercise, such as hiking, playing tennis, a bike ride, or dancing for 11 minutes a day, will also cut your chance of dying prematurely.
Health experts and the NHS recommend 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week, but scientists led by the University of Cambridge looked at 196 studies to see if half this amount had health benefits.
They found that just 75 minutes of moderate physical activity a week, or around 11 minutes a day, has “substantial benefits”.
Moderate-intensity physical activity raises your heart rate and makes you breathe faster but you would still be able to speak during the activity.
Accumulating 75 minutes per week of moderate intensity activity brought with it a 23 per cent lower risk of early death.
And 75 minutes per week of moderate activity was also enough to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease by 17 per cent and cancer by seven per cent.
The reduction in risk was greater for some specific cancers. Head and neck, myeloid leukaemia, myeloma, and gastric cardia cancers were between 14-26 per cent less likely to occur if a person did just 75 minutes of moderate activity a week, they found.
For other cancers – such as lung, liver, endometrial, colon and breast cancer – a 3-11 per cent per cent lower risk was observed.
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