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Take a Walk, Live Longer

Take a Walk, Live Longer

Does the thought of running make you run for cover? Would you rather visit the dentist than the gym? Couch potatoes take heart: by simply taking a half-hour walk five times a week, you can reduce your risk of early death by almost 20 percent!

A new study has found that even light or moderate physical activity, like walking or cycling, can substantially reduced the risk of early death.

The study, which was published this week by the International Journal of Epidemiology, combined the results from the largest international studies on the health impact of light and moderate physical activity.

By achieving minimal levels of exercise–30 minutes daily of moderate intensity activity on 5 days a week–you reduce the risk of early death by 19 percent. If you bump that up to 7 hours per week of moderate activity (compared with no activity) you reduce your risk of early death by 24 percent.

Lead researcher, James Woodcock said, “This research confirms that is not just exercising hard that is good for you but even moderate everyday activities, like walking and cycling, can have major health benefits. Just walking to the shops or walking the children to school can lengthen your life.”

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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12:11AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

thx

2:33PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

Thanks

11:54AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

thx.

12:08PM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

Thank you.

12:08PM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

Thank you.

12:07PM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

Thank you.

12:06PM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

Thank you.

8:49AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

My favorite form of the best exercise there is, aside from swimming.

1:00PM PST on Dec 4, 2011

It's dark outside, and hailing. Think I'll wait til morning.

12:16PM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

Sounds cool, thanks :)

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