Exercising 15 Minutes Daily Adds Years to Life: Study

A small amount of activity could have huge benefits
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2011 3:12 PM CDT

(Newser) – What's more important to you: saving about 15 minutes every day or three years later on? Exercising 92 minutes per week could substantially extend your life, according to a new study. Researchers in Taiwan studied more than 400,000 subjects between 1996 and 2008, and deduced that those who exercised even a little bit were 14% less likely to die during the next eight years and lived an average three years longer, reports the Washington Post.

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“If the minimum amount of exercise we suggest is adhered to, mortality from heart disease, diabetes and cancer could be reduced,” wrote the scientists. “This low volume of physical activity could play a central part in the global war against non-communicable diseases, reducing medical costs and health disparities.” Each additional 15 minutes of daily exercise cuts your chances of dying by another 4%, the study says. (Read more exercise stories.)

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