A brisk walk, even once a week, is enough to significantly reduce the risk of early death, as a new study shows.
An analysis showed that weekly light workouts such as walking or gardening can reduce the risk by nearly 20 percent.
But if you stay active longer or participate in vigorous sports, there are more health benefits.
The new study, published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, shows that even low levels of physical activity are associated with a lower risk of death from heart disease, cancer or other causes.
Meanwhile, higher activity levels or stronger activities ̵
Each year, a representative sample of the US population is asked about their health and lifestyle for the National Hea lth Interview Surveys.
Survey data collected between 1997 and 2008 estimated the activity levels of 88,140 people aged 40 to 85 years and linked those data to end of 2011.
Compared with inactive people, those who had only 10 to 59 minutes Participate in moderate physical activity per week in their free time, a 18 percent lower risk of dying for some reason during the course of study – and health benefits continue to rise. Activity levels increased.
US guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes per week of moderate activity in at least 10-minute bouts, and those who participated in 150 to 299 minutes per week reduced total death risk by 31 percent.
The research author Dr. Bo Xi from Shandong University in China said, "The study also showed that people who participated in strong physical activities had a significantly lower risk of death than those who exercised only mild or moderate physical activity.
" People who do not have time should consider stronger activities. "