If you’re over 40, just 10 minutes of leisurely activity each week could lower your risk of death from multiple causes. That’s the key finding from a recently published study by researchers from China and the United States.
According to the study involving 88,140 US adults, even low-level physical activity, such as gardening, can help people live longer lives.
Publishing their findings in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the researchers said that even people who spend just a short time each week being physically active have a lower risk of death due to cancer, cardiovascular issues and all-cause mortality.
However, participating in more vigorous types of exercise, including running and cycling, affords even greater health benefits.
Unlike people who were physically inactive, those who undertook between 10 and 59 minutes of moderate, leisurely exercise each week had an 18% lower risk of death from all causes. Those who were physically active for a little longer (between 150 and 299 minutes per week) had a 31% lower risk of all-cause death.
Undertaking over 1,500 minutes of physical activity on a weekly basis resulted in a 46% decrease in overall mortality risk.
Furthermore, individuals who opted for more vigorous exercise instead of lighter physical activity had a much lower mortality risk still.