15 mins exercise extends life by 3 years

Melbourne: As little as 15 minutes of exercise everyday can extend your life by as much as three years, a new research has found.

Taiwanese researchers examined more than 400,000 study participants in a 12-year period, where patients self-reported their weekly exercise regimen and were then placed in one of five groups: inactive, low, medium, high or very high exercise activity.

The study found that people in the low-exercise group, who spent 15 minutes on fitness per day, reduced their risk of dying from cancer by 10 per cent and had a three-year longer life expectancy than the inactive group.

"The 30-minute a day for five or more days a week has been the golden rule for the last 15 years, but now we found even half that amount could be very beneficial," ABC News quoted Dr Chi-Pang Wen, lead author of the study, as saying.

With every additional 15 minutes of exercise per day, participants reduced their risk of dying from cancer by another 1 per cent, the research found.

Researchers found the benefits went on growing for up to 100 minutes of exercise a day.

Men and women of all ages shared the benefits, including those at risk of heart disease.

The research report said: "If inactive individuals engage in low-volume daily exercise, one in six all-cause deaths could be postponed."

The study has been published in the journal Lancet.


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