30 minutes of physical activity a day declared as the key to longevity

A group of canadian scientists from McMaster University, concluded that 150 minutes is two and a half hours of physical activity per week prolongs human life and protects it from cardiovascular disease. Thus speech can go as about sport exercises and regular hikes and even housework.

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In the study, researchers analyzed data from about 130 thousand people living in 17 different countries. Study participants provided information about their socio-economic status, lifestyle and health, and also spoke about what physical activities they encounter during “normal” weeks, and how often. Then the specialists for nearly seven years monitored the participants and, in particular, whether it has changed the condition of their cardiovascular system.

As shown by the results of the study, 150 minutes of physical activity a 28 per cent reduced risk of premature death by 20 per cent risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

This was true for those who used the treadmill or the swimming pool, and, for example, those who regularly walked to work or regularly vacuumed in your own apartment, thereby forcing himself to stand for long periods on the feet, and frequently to move objects.

Even more noticeable are the benefits, at least 750 minutes per week dedicated to walking — according to experts, people who are regularly faced with this load, the risk of early death was reduced by 36 percent.

It should be noted that usually the authors of these scientific papers acknowledge the imperfection of their chosen approach, by and large, the trends are not necessarily talking about a causal link between physical activity and longevity (for example, it is possible that the two are not independent from each other in the investigation of a third factor). However, in this case, scientists believe that have found an effective way to extend the life, but admit that the proper use of these data would avoid 8 percent of premature deaths in the world.

The study was published in the journal the Lancet.

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