Light physical activities such as daily cooking or rinsing dishes are enough to significantly reduce the risk of premature death, according to a study.
Researchers say people can increase their chances of living longer if they move a little bit more and a little less.
In the study of the Norwegian School of Sports Science, the deaths with increasing light intensity fell sharply – every minute up to five hours offers additional benefits for the well-being of a person.
With moderately increasing intensity of physical activity, there was a similar decline in deaths to a plateau of only 24 minutes per day. Moderate intensity activities include walking, vacuuming or mowing the lawn.
In contrast, the study found that daily sitting of 9.5 hours or more was associated with a significantly higher risk of death.
9659007] University of Leicester researchers reviewed eight previous studies involving 36,383 adults, ages 40+, who carried trackers.
Their health has been monitored for an average of 5.8 years. In this time, 2,149 died.
"These results reinforce the adage," Doing something is better than doing nothing, "Dr. Charlotte Edwardson, an associate professor at the university.
"They show that physical activity of any intensity reduces the risk of death." You are someone who does not achieve the recommended moderate intensity physical activity, Edwardson said. "If you romp more at work or at home and are generally more up and about, this will still be beneficial officially.
Professor Thomas Yates, also from the University of Leicester, described the results as "fantastic."
"It has been widely believed that more physical activity is better for your health," he said.
"However, this study suggests that health can be optimized with only 24 minutes of rapid walking per day or other forms of moderately intense physical activity."
The findings were published in the BMJ.