15-minute daily exercise is ‘bare minimum for health’

Just 15 minutes of exercise a day can increase life expectancy by three years and cut death risk by 14%, according to recent research.

The Lancet study, based on a review of more than 400,000 people in Taiwan, showed 15 minutes per day or 90 minutes per week of moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, can add three years to your life. Meanwhile, work in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests a couch potato lifestyle with six hours of TV a day cuts lifespan by five years.

Another benefit is that people who start to do more exercise tend to get a taste for it and up their daily quota. More exercise led to further life gains. Every additional 15 minutes of daily exercise further reduced all-cause death rates by 4%. Moderate exercise does not have to be a long jog, it could be a brisk walk to work or taking the stairs instead of the lift.

The UK government recently updated its advice to have a more flexible approach, recommending adults get 150 minutes of activity a week. This could be a couple of 10-minute bouts of activity every day or 30-minute exercise sessions, five times a week, for example.

 

 

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