Just move something
Any exercise cuts risk of death, study finds
Weekend warriors, take a victory lap. People who pack their workouts into one or two sessions a week lower their risk of dying over roughly the next decade nearly as much as people who exercise more often, new research suggests.
even people who get less exercise than recommended have less risk than folks who don’t break a sweat at all.
“if someone is completely inactive, the best thing they can do is even getting out and taking a walk,” said hannah arem, a health researcher at George Washington university.
For people who think they don’t have enough time for small amounts of exercise to matter, the results are “encouraging or perhaps motivating,” she said.
she had no role in the study, but wrote a commentary published with the results in JAMA Internal Medicine.
here are some things to know.
How much exercise do we need?
u.s. and global guidelines call for 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week, ideally spread out so you get some on most days.
That’s based on many previous studies suggesting a host of benefits beyond the risk of premature death that this study measured.
How the study was done
researchers at loughborough university in england used surveys by trained interviewers on nearly 64,000 adults in england and scotland from 1994 to 2008. By last year, 8,802 had died.