Just move some­thing

Any ex­er­cise cuts risk of death, study finds

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - LIFE - Mar­i­lynn Mar­chione

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.

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