Walking the dog saved from death

A study conducted by a group of experts from the UK, has provided new evidence that even moderate manifestations of physical activity can significantly increase a person’s chances for a long life. For example, a half-hour walk with the dog, according to scientists, reduce the risk of early death by 17 percent.


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Initially, the experts used data that were collected during previously organized a fairly large study. It was conducted from 1978 to 2012, and was attended by 7 735 people from 24 British towns aged 40 to 59 years.

The authors of the new scientific work invited the participants of the previous study and asked them a few questions regarding lifestyle, quality of sleep and health of the heart. Also, the participants were asked throughout the week wearing a bracelet that allows you to calculate what distance they are held daily. Then participants were observed for five years.

Comparing the obtained data, the researchers came to the conclusion that even moderate physical activity most often brought to the study participants favor. In particular, every half an hour a day dedicated to a walk with the dog or not too hard work in the garden allowed for a 17 percent reduction in the risk of early death. The same trend was observed even after the experts made an amendment to the sedentary lifestyle of some participants of the study.

Thus, in contrast to some scholars who conducted similar research earlier, experts emphasize that we don’t have to devote each “session” physical activity of ten minutes or more — for the elderly it can be tedious, and in some cases even harmful. While together a person of any age, scientists recommend to spend in traffic at least 150 minutes a week.

The study was published in the scientific journal British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Many scientists previously claimed that Hiking the benefit of man, protecting him from many health problems and even reducing the likelihood of developing dementia. However, in December last year, experts from Imperial College London said that residents should perform such walks in the parks, as otherwise the polluted air in many ways negates the benefits that such a trip could bring.

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