London: A short walk just four times a week can reduce the risk of early death in older people by a staggering 40 per cent, a new study has claimed. Each walk only needs to be a 15-minute stroll in the open air to give elderly a better chance of extending their longevity by a few years, said Italian researchers. Allowing for a host of other factors from smoking to diet, the walking elderly had a 40 per cent better survival rate than those who did not, the study found. For ten years, medical experts monitored over 200 residents of an old folks` home. Their average age was 80 and every aspect of their lifestyle, health and habits were noted, the `Daily Mail` reported. This included their mental state, their diets, their weight, whether or not they smoked or drank coffee or were depressed, for instance. None had cancer or other terminal illness.
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